The Midtown Atlanta Zen Center is a Buddhist congregation (Sangha) led by Zen Buddhist Priest, Marcus Joriki Barlow. The vision for MAZC is to create a place, a zendō, where practicing Zen Buddhists, and those interested in learning about meditation and the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma), can gather with a united purpose for community and to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha and ancestors through the practice of Zen meditation and study.
Some may find themselves asking "But I am interested in meditation not religion." All are welcome to come join in meditation with us. Zen is a Buddhist practice that is irrespective of religion.
Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chan (禪), which traces its roots to the practice of the Sanskrit word Dhyana - meditation. It's practice stresses self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others.
We welcome you to join for zazen, or seated silent meditation. We meet weekly on Sundays evenings. If you're interested in coming, please let us know. We are happy to answer any questions you might have or meet with you in person to explain more about Zen meditation and who we are. You can also follow us on Facebook (@Mindtown Atlanta Zendo) to receive updates on what we're doing, posts and photos from recent events, and teachings and posts from our teacher(s) and community.