Kansas Zen Center



We’ve been here in Lawrence Kansas since 1978. Over time we’ve grown, solidified our practice, and enlarged our offerings. A member of the Kwan Um School of Zen, we were fortunate to have Zen Master Seung Sahn visit us every year for 14 years. Other teachers in the Kwan Um School of Zen visited us regularly as well — even in the early days we were able to sustain three or four retreats a year, which eventually grew to nearly every month. In 2019 we completed the building we currently occupy. Thanks to Zoom, our community has grown to include people from literally all over the world, sustained through hybrid practice. We added a dharma school for kids, are developing a native plant garden that will be a resource for the community, have hosted concerts, and look forward to other community events.

And we have a remarkable record: Of the fully authorized teachers in the Kwan Um School of Zen in the Americas who teach in the U.S., five come from Kansas Zen Center — Zen Master Dae Kwang (the guiding teacher of Great Lake Zen Center in Milwaukee) our teachers Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo) and Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman), Dennis Duermeier JDPSN (now the abbot of Providence Zen Center) and Rebecca Otte JDPSN (the guiding teacher of Prairyerth Zen Center in Topeka).

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