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"Even though your practice is not so good, that is perfect practice. Just sit."
Shunryu Suzuki, Not Always So.

Three Treasures Zen Community
P O Box 720896
San Diego,  California   92129
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Phone 760 745-4249
Fax 760 745-4249
Center's Description
The name of our community has deep and special meaning. The Three Treasures refers to the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha. The sanskrit word Buddha means "The awakened one." Dharma literally means "carrying, holding," referring to the teaching, the universal laws. Sangha means "crowd, host," and refers to the community of people who practice together. In Buddhist communities, these Three Treasures or Jewels are a place of refuge and also the foundation of practice.

The Three Treasures are part of lay (jukai) and priest (tokudo) ordination, weddings and funerals. At the end of formal koan practice with Maezumi Roshi, the sixteen precepts were again reviewed in great detail. The first three precepts are the Three Treasures, from which flow the three pure precepts (do not be ignorant, do good, do good for others) and the ten grave precepts (do not kill, steal, misuse the senses, lie, be deluded, slander others, praise self, be possessive of the Teaching, harbor ill will, or abuse the Three Treasures.)

The Three Treasures Zen Community has evolved from a satellite sitting group (Jo Ren Zen Center) into a dynamic residential practice community with two locations for practice. Our community exists to provide a place of practice with the thorough appreciation that Zen training can be of real value to everyone, the level of commitment being determined by the participant's own pace, interest and aspiration.

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