Situated amidst a beautiful
garden on the banks of La Rivière des Prairies, the Montreal
Zen Center, as an oasis of calm in a frenetic urban world, provides
an environment conducive to serious and vibrant spiritual endeavor.
The teacher, Albert Low,
has had an interest in Zen since the early fifties and began
practicing in1961. He has taught here in Montreal since 1979.
He is well supported by a team of dedicated people all of whom
have spent many years practicing Zen.
Zen, as it is practiced here at
the Center, is free of dogma and beliefs. The focus of the Montreal
Zen Center is to help people find their own way to live an authentic
life based on a secure foundation of truth and reality.
The Center, established in 1975, has a
lay community of well over 200 members who
come from all walks of life and are active in our modern society.
Center members are encouraged to see their families, work,
and friends as the focus of their spiritual practice, coming
to the Center to be refreshed and to gain encouragement and
With this in mind, the Center has a full schedule of
activities which are focused on the practice of zazen (sitting
meditation) in all its forms. There are morning
and evening sittings, Sunday morning sitting, one-day sittings
and three days to week-long intensive retreats (sesshins).
As well, personal instruction (dokusan) is given to those requesting
it during the evening meditations and during the intensive retreats
Also, during the intensive retreats Zen talks, or teishos,
are given by the teacher or a senior monitor.
These teishos are intended to inspire and encourage rather than
to instruct. The teishos have been recorded and members can buy
them either as a cd or download iTeishos from
this site. There is also 10 iTeishos available to download for the Public by clicking here. (link coming soon) As an introduction to teishos, two free iTeishos (mp3s)
are included here to download.
Members find inspiration
through reading the Zen Gong, the Center’s
journal, which is written by and for the members of the Center
and is published at different times throughout the year.
Books and articles written
by the teacher, Albert Low, as well as transcriptions of
talks (teishos) provide further nourishment for the practice. Also something new:
|Thoughts along the way
||Albert Low's articles about life
'Religion is under attack' is the introduction to Albert's blog at www.albertlow.wordpress.com where he will periodically, about once per month, post thoughts and articles about religion in general and practice in particular. Albert has decided to open up the website to the public at large in order to make it more interesting. As you will see, a space is available on the blog where you can post your comments and questions. Albert has only a general idea of what he will put up on the blog: the specifics will depend on you. He will not reply directly to your questions, but will blend his replies into the postings. He urges you to keep your comments brief: a couple of sentences at the most, otherwise you will crowd out the comments and replies of others. Also please be sincere, ask those questions or make those comments that are meaningful and come from the heart rather than the head. He regrets he will not be able to have the posting translated into French. However, if you would like to comment in French then by all means please do so.
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True, serious spiritual work can only be done by one's own
self. The Center, through its myriad forms, provides this work
with much needed support and encouragement.
Although practice at the Center is open to members only, workshops are
given for the general public that offer an introduction necessary
for the practice of zazen. These workshops, conducted by the
teacher, Albert Low, and Roger Brouillette, a monitor, are
followed by a course of four Thursday evenings to allow new
members to join.