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Inquiries, Visits:

Unlike most Zen groups, AZM has a living enlightened teacher on the premises, and so does not import traditional rituals or practices from historic Zen monasteries. AZM teaches an Americanized approach to Zen.

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The monastery offers classes and workshops, some of which meet in

The Teahouse in the Bamboo Garden of the American Zen Monastery

See the CALENDAR OF EVENTS for complete listings.

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The monastery provides a peaceful environment for workshops and meetings. Lucid dreaming and intelligent meditation are encouraged as a 21st Century shortcut to enlightenment. maze

The maze surrounding the Teahouse is for meditative walks. People feel bamboo reaching out to touch them as they walk along the pathway.


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Activities and Programs In the American Zen Monastery:

Sunday Meeting.
OM Chanting, meditation and a discussion about a Zen view of science that dissolves material reality into frequency waves. Open to all AZM members. Register or join in the reception area. Donations are accepted from members only on your way in and on your way out. Parking is in the cu-de-sac and on nearby streets.

Novitiate Zen Monks
(m/f/t ages 10-up) are being accepted for renewable one-year terms beginning January 1, 2016. Their public education continues online K-12. They receive training in the Zen way of life and a scientific approach to satori or enlightenment. They also receive training in media arts. You can sponsor one Novitiate Monk for a $25,000 tax-deductible donation per year, and have their Scholarship named after you.

Understanding Zen Not
workshop 10 weeks. Read and discuss Zen literature, much of it very funny, and all of it designed to snap you into a sudden realization of enlightenment. Sometimes it works. Per person $200 donation.

Lucid Dreaming
workshop 10 weeks. Study scientific approaches to waking up in your dreams and directing them to experience whatever you can imagine, including the enlightenment experience. Per person $250 donation.

Nature of Truth
workshop 10 weeks. Based on Sufi George's Three Peaks, a Model for Understanding Truth. Per person $200 donation.

Movie Night
DVDs of scientific advances. Many public television and other science specials that will reorient your understanding of reality. See Calendar, per person per show $5.00 donation.

Meditation Room
with recliners. Per person per hour $30 donation.

Monthly Group Potluck
Follows first Sunday Meeting of each month. Per person $10 donation plus a vegetarian dish.

Hanging Out to Chill
in available space. Per person per hour $5 donation.


You are not required to donate to enjoy the benefits of AZM membership, which is free to join. Membership requires only that you respect the property, and telephone or email for reservations prior to each visit to the monastery. That’s it. There are no beliefs. Well, believing in frequency waves helps a lot. Except for that, forget about beliefs. Oh, there is one more. Believing that supporting us is a good thing to do.

make an additional contribution by becoming members of the American Zen Monastery, by swelling our numbers. That doesn't really mean much but it impresses people.

Entrance to the SGM property is not allowed without a prior telephone or email reservation. Attendance must be limited because of limited parking. Park in the cul-de-sac or on nearby streets. Park legally and walk up the hill to the monastery and leave the world behind. No parking on the property. Not responsible for accidents.

For reservations phone: George 602-284-2939. or Email:

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