Seng Ts'an, 3rd Patriarch of Zen:

The slightest distinction
Splits heaven from earth.
To see the truth
Don’t be for or against.


Reminder: practice start time is now 6:30PM



Weekend  Retreat with Jose' Ramirez, JDPSN

Has been cancelled 



Weekend  Retreat with Jose' Ramirez, JDPSN

Friday April 12 - Sunday April 14, 2019
7:00pm Friday - 3:00pm Sunday

Temenos Retreat Center
1564 Telegraph Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Please use the SignUpGenius Link below to register or make donations for the retreat.

Once you sign up, a PayPal invoice will be sent to your email address.
You do not need a PayPal account to to submit your payment for the retreat.


You are also welcome to pay by cash or check prior to the retreat. Bring your payment to a regular Thursday night practice, give your payment to Tom Hall


 Scholarships Available Upon Request. 

If you are unable to attend but wish to donate to support the retreat please follow the above directions, but indicate "Donation Only" at the SignUpGenius website.


Retreat Fees

$170.00 for non-members
$150.00 for KUZS members
$140.00 for Dharma Teachers or DTITs
Fees includes lodging and all meals

All retreats consist of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, bowing, kong-an interviews, work practice and formal meals. Practice is done in silence. All meals are vegetarian.  


José Ramírez, JDPSN is the Guiding Teacher of the Delaware Valley Zen Center, which he helped found in the Spring of 1999. He has been practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1994, and received Inka in April 2009. He has a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters and Ph.D in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as an industrial statistician he works closely with engineers and scientists to help them make sense of data. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.


Why participate in a retreat?


The reason we practice Zen is to understand ourselves completely and help this world. The suffering we experience in our own lives, and indeed the suffering of our world, comes from our inability to connect with our true self, which is originally compassionate and clear. It's as if the owner of a sophisticated piece of machinery has lost the original instructions that came with it, and has forgotten its original function. The result is confusion and harm. A retreat can be thought of as reacquainting ourselves with the original instructions that came with our model.


After his enlightenment, the Buddha said, "How wondrous! Everybody already has it; they just don't know it. Truly, all beings are whole and complete, lacking nothing." Sitting a Zen retreat is a vital part of the process of waking up to our true self.


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Practice Schedule

Practice is held every Thursday evening at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St, Newark, DE 19711.


Practice begins at 6:30pm with a short orientation for beginners, followed by chanting. We then have two 25 minute periods of sitting meditation with a 10 minute period of walking meditation in between.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the free Meditation Instruction session offered the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm

There is no fee to attend our practice, you do not have to be a member.


Monkey Mind Zen,

is a new DVZC satellite.

The group meets in Philadelphia.

For information about their practice visit: