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About Zen Center San Diego

Our Zen meditation center is located in beautiful San Diego and provides an environment where people can learn and practice Zen meditation. It is our mission to support participants in practicing the path of awakening in order to live more fully with kindness, compassion and appreciation. In addition, there is a strong focus on cultivating clarity and equanimity within the high-speed confusion of everyday live. To make this possible, the following qualities are emphasized:

Stillness: settling down in mind and body.

Perseverance: staying with all the ups and downs of our lives.

Clear seeing: clarifying our conditioned beliefs and strategies.

Willingness: acknowledging and embracing whatever life presents – including anger, fear, shame and confusion – as the path of awakening.

Loving-kindness: awakening to the loving-kindness and compassion that are the nature of our being.

ZCSD, part of the White Plum Zen Lineage, is unaffiliated with any particular religious denomination. We welcome those from any tradition and with varied backgrounds and diversities. Read our First-Time Visitors’ FAQs to get familiar with our practice.

Introductory instruction is available most Saturday mornings at 8:45; please see the schedule for exceptions. Gain insight into Zen meditation, learn about our upcoming retreats.


Some members of our ZCSD community have anonymously offered to match donations to the Center up to $2,000. They will match your donation dollar for dollar, so even a small donation will have double the impact on the Center. ZCSD relies on donations to help support our practice. The Coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on both our expenses and income. For many of us, practice through ZCSD has been transformative in our lives. Donations to ZCSD as a non-profit organization may be tax deductible.

We welcome your support.

You may donate online via Paypal:

Checks can be sent to:
2047 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109-3551