The It’s Alive! Zen community in San Antonio, Texas is guided by Jesse Cardin, Roshi. It offers a great way to get your feet wet with koans and meditation in a friendly and informal setting.  Sitting with us does not require any previous experience with Zen, meditation or koans, and in fact being clueless is probably your best bet anyway. You will not find many of the traditional forms here and there are no complicated rituals or foreign words to learn.  What you will find is a community that values awakening and Zen practice as it shows up in your life—yes!–the life you have right now.

When we meet: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Where we meet: First Unitarian Universalist Church (Sophia Room), 7150 Interstate 10 Frontage Road, San Antonio, TX 78213

Whenever we meditate, the whole world meditates with us.  When we move, ripples flow outward in all directions and when the wind rustles through the trees, something in us rustles, too. It’s good to have company. We don’t get enlightened on our own–even the uneven sidewalks and crunchy autumn leaves play their part–and even if we did awaken in isolation there would be no one with whom to share the luminous life we’d found.

For more information, contact Jesse at, or visit the center website: It’s Alive! Zen.

The site also includes Jesse’s blog and short-form audio talks.

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