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Open Gate 

Zen Collective


with Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma and JI Hyang Padma, Ph.D.

offering Zen teaching and practice in San Diego County and worldwide

 As a Chinese proverb has said, “One moment of looking into the self, thousand- year treasure.” Sitting together, we develop clarity, centeredness, and insight.


We meet Fridays, 7- 8:30 PM PST, via Zoom, resuming September 15.  Please message us to receive the link and for further details.  Beginners are welcome, and are encouraged to contact us in advance to receive a brief orientation. Additional sittings are offered through Open Gate Zen Collective here.


You are invited to read this page of meditation instruction prior to attendance. OGZC teachers are available to provide individualized instruction.

In addition, podcasts and guided meditations can be found here



We offer:  

  • Zen practice and teaching. 

  • Spiritual Counseling.

  • Life ceremonies. 

  • Council Process.

  • Meditation Retreats.

Weekly Online Zendo

Currently, we are offering Meditation twice weekly through this online Zendo:

Fridays, 7 - 8:30 PM PST

Saturdays 10:30 AM - 12 noon PST.

Here is a link to join the Friday night Zen sitting.

Here is a link to join the Saturday morning Zen sitting.


Each session consists of sitting meditation, Metta (lovingkindness) meditation, and a Dharma talk followed by discussion.

We invite participants to enter a few minutes before sitting is scheduled to begin. This is important since there is a chime each time someone enters.  Meditation will begin with the sound of a bell.  After thirty minutes of Zen meditation, we will move into Metta (lovingkindness) meditation. This will be followed by a Dharma talk and discussion.


When we are not in meditation, we ask participants to mute themselves. Also, we invite participants to be sure the setting they present to the camera is free from distractions. Otherwise, the camera can be turned off. 

Support for this practice (Dana) may be offered here.

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