Ordinary Mind


Charlotte Joko Beck and her Dharma Successors have established the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose purpose is set forth in the following statement. 

The Ordinary Mind Zen School intends to manifest and support practice of the Awakened Way, as expressed in the teaching of Charlotte Joko Beck. The School is composed of Charlotte Joko Beck, her Dharma Successors, and teachers and successors they, as individuals, have formally authorized. There is no affiliation with other Zen groups or religious denominations; however, membership in this school does not preclude individual affiliation with other groups. Within the school there is no hierarchy of Dharma Successors.

The Awakened Way is universal; the medium and methods of realization vary according to circumstances. Each Dharma Successor in the School may apply diverse practice approaches and determine the structure of any organization that s/he may develop to facilitate practice.

The Successors acknowledge that they are ongoing students, and that  the quality of their teaching derives from the quality of their practice. As ongoing students, teachers are committed to the openness and fluidity of practice, wherein the wisdom of the absolute may be manifested in /as our life. An important function of this School is the ongoing examination and development of effective teaching approaches to insure comprehensive practice in all aspects of living. May the practice of this School manifest wisdom and compassion, benefiting all beings. December 25, 1995

Ordinary Mind Zen Schools zendos/groups and teachers around the world:

Ordinary Mind Zendo
107 West 74th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues Apt. BR New York, NY 10023
T 917-608-3348
Teacher: Barry Magid ordinarymind@mindspring.com
Contact: claire@ordinarymind.com

Ordinary Mind Sangha
New York City
(212) 860-2761
Teacher: Anna Christensen

Zen Center of Philadelphia
4904 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
Teacher: Pat Jikyo George

Zen Center of San Diego
2047 Felspar San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 273-3444
Teachers: Elizabeth Hamilton, Ezra Bayda

Prairie Zen Center
515 South Prospect Champaign, ILLINOIS 61820
(217) 355-8835
Teacher: Elihu Genmyo Smith

Bay Area Zen Center
5600A Snake Road Oakland, CALIFORNIA 94611
(510) 482-2533
Teacher: Diane Rizzetto

Zen Center of Portland
2520 NW Upshur Portland, OREGON 97210
(503) 238-8347
Teacher: Larry Christensen

Santa Rosa Zen Group
Teacher: Ezra Bayda

Sandhills Zen Group
150 Merry Mock Hill Road Southern Hills, NORTH CAROLINA 28388
(910) 695-7851
Teacher: Barbara Penn

Brisbane Ordinary Mind Zen Group
Teacher: Gregg Howard

Melbourne Ordinary Mind Zen Group
Contact: Tom Fisher t.fisher@latrobe.edu.au

Tavallinen Mieli Zendo – Ordinary Mind Zendo Finland
Tampere, Helsinki and Jyväskylä
Teacher: Karen Terzano

Ordinary Mind Sverige
Opettaja: Karen Terzano