Explore the vast physiological and psychological benefits of meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years and validated by modern scientific research. Learn how to meditate through a structured approach that systematically guides you through the various meditation techniques that develop mental clarity, focus, inner awareness, and profound relaxation. Each session consists of sitting meditation, self-administered acupressure massage, and a short Tong-Gong Health Exercise routine. We have a meditation technique suitable to meet your needs: Zen, breath-work, mindfulness, relaxation, PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation), sound, AT (Autogenic Training), and moving meditation.
Beginners Meditation Class (See calendar for schedule and Zoom login):
Suited for beginners. Open to all. This class lays the foundation of the posture, basic method, and fundamental principles of meditation practice.
Intermediate Meditation Class (See calendar): - COMING SOON -
This class is for those who have been attending the Beginners Meditation Classes and are ready to deepen their practice.
- Has been attending Beginners Meditation Classes
- Able to sit 45 min. without changing meditation postures
- An interview and approval from the Abbot.
CALM Jr. (Tuition based program) - COMING SOON -
Integrative Mind and Body Child Development Program
Unlike competitive sports that can create feelings of inadequacy, CALM™ Jr. program ensures that the students do not experience unnecessary pressures or stress placed on them by the competitiveness of the activities. Each student is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace and all efforts are equally acknowledged and praised. We hope that through a balanced and enjoyable program children can develop a repertoire of motor skills, achieve success at their own levels, improve balance, focus, coordination, increase attention span, and feeling confident in their own abilities to pursue more active lifestyles.
The three elements of the programs are:
Balance- Here balance refers to both the ability to maintain equilibrium and the balance between mind and body. The first is achieved through Yoga and Tong-Gong health exercises. These exercises require the child to practice and develop a keen sense of balance. Many of the poses are performed while standing on one leg while others require additional movements making the balance that much more difficult to maintain. Fun aside, the physical balance the child will learn that balance in life is a key factor towards happiness.
Coordination- Both the exercise part of each class, as well as the games, played help in gross motor skill development and overall body coordination. The child learns to invest their mental focus and attention into body awareness.
Focus- Central to the program is the element of focus. Focus, concentration and lengthened attention span are required in all program activities
Healing Arts (Tuition based program)
The Healing Arts have been developed and refined for many centuries as a method for strengthening the body and preventing and alleviating illness.
The therapeutic action of its movements lies in beneficial effects on the flexibility of joints and tendons, on circulation and the cardiovascular system, and on the coordination and reflexes of the central nervous system, including the cerebral cortex. It massages the liver, heart, lungs, the organs of digestion and the lymph system. It helps corrects abnormal reactions of the organism
Healing Arts (Tong Gong) is based on Oriental Medicine. The harmonization of Nae-Gong (internal) and Wae-Gong it leads to a balance of mind, body and spirit.
Five Elements Wellness Program (Tuition based program)
"Flow with the seasons"
Based on the principles of the 5 Element Theory. The ongoing year-round curriculum changes with the seasons. Each season has its appropriate practices of breathing, visualization, meditation object, etc. The exercises reflect the body's internal changes thus promoting physiological, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Each 1-hour class consists of 5 Elements season-specific meditation, breathing exercises, Tong-Gong health exercises, and meridian stretching exercises.
CALM™ Corporate Meditation Program
for Business, School & Treatment Center Settings
The CALM™ Program (Comprehensive Approach to Learning Meditation) uses a carefully developed combination of evidence-based modalities, including:
meditation, breathing, visualization, gentle Yoga, oriental Tong-Gong health exercises
The CALM™ Program is offered as weekly virtual or on-site classes over a span of 8 to 12 weeks, arming participants with techniques to relieve stress, fatigue, and anxiety levels. With expert guidance and practice, the lessons learned have the potential to transform individual lives and workplaces - whether working from home or in the office!
Included: Customized classes taught by certified Zen instructors who are experts in the field; Access to members-only online resources.
Touching Earth Outdoor Adventures
We lead our daily lives detached from nature, continuously boxed-in by our homes, cars, and for so many of us, our office or corporate buildings separated from the earth by concrete and asphalt. Touching Earth Programs are meant to rekindle that intimate connection with nature, putting us back in touch with its beauty and wonder through outdoor activities. A nature walk, a hike, a camping or a rafting trip, or simply some time spent on the beach listening to the soothing sounds of the waves, can give you a great emotional lift and may just be the healing you need. Join us for any of our ventures into nature’s embrace where everything can be a lesson, and each lesson extends far out into our daily living.
Deer Park Academy
Deer Park Academy is the Zen Center’s educational branch .Deer Park Academy offers “majors” in the following areas of study: Dharma, Meditation, Healing Arts, Fellowship Certifications, and Enrichment. All courses are open to the public however some courses have prerequisites. All courses are also classified by type. T.P. or Theory & Practice courses are those courses where complimentary to the academics there is a requirement of practicum. S.A. are Stand Alone courses of theory only that do not require practicum. W.S. are hands-on workshops where a single workshop covers the topic.
The Thousand Hands Outreach is an expression of altruism and an integral part of Zen tradition. Our Outreach programs offer an opportunity to put into practice the compassionate teaching of Zen and apply them to where they matter most, daily life.
Soshimsa Women's Group (S.W.G)
The mission of The Soshimsa Woman’s Group (SWG) is to support and empower each other, to promote personal spiritual growth, and to enjoy and prosper together in genuine fellowship, through shared experiences, talents and gifts. We support the mission of Soshimsa Zen Center and the monastic community.
Sunday Prayer Service
A traditional Korean-style chanting and bowing practice. Concludes with a Zen teaching ( in English ). Followed by a light lunch of fruit and tea.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
I think it is where enlightenment dwells.
I've come here with my hair every which way, including a pink mohawk...never did I get a "look" or feel judged.
Very warm, welcoming, and diverse group of people.
Beautiful and peaceful.
I feel like I've discovered my long-lost family.
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