Zen for Beginners


Zen Sitting  Meditation is recommended for everyone who wants to enjoy inner peace, greater freedom and control of their life. Zen is a practice and a way of life that people can undertake, even in the midst of a busy family and school or work-dominated life.

Meditation takes many forms; in Zen it means sitting still in silence, alone or with others – known as zazen. People meditate for many reasons and there is growing research which shows that people who meditate are more relaxed, deal better with stress and are happier and healthier.

Zen however, is so much more than just relaxation or stress management. Zen practice addresses the very basic issues of life and death. It deals with our essential nature and cultivates appreciation of life and well being, kindness to oneself, to others and the environment.

At the Baguio Zen Center we view introducing Zen and Mindfulness meditation to the public as a service we offer to the community, regardless of whether or not you decide to continue. Our teaching and methods are focused on two principles: providing a venue for personal spiritual development and familiarizing people with standardized Zen training practices, protocols and etiquette.

The Beginning Zen Seminars and Beginner’s Mind Zen Retreats will introduce you to Zen meditation (zazen) and there will be opportunities for you to try different sitting meditation postures and basic techniques. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about Zen and mindfulness. Instruction is tailored to individual needs. There is no expectation or pressure that you have to sit cross-legged on the floor if this is not comfortable for you. Nor will you be under any pressure or expectation to join anything, or continue coming after your initial visit.

Welcoming diversity, the practice of Zen is available at the Baguio Zen Center and its affiliate Sanbo Zen Centers  in the Philippines to people of any race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. People from all walks of life and from all religious and non religious backgrounds are welcome to sit with us, practicing the path of awakening in our daily life.The Zen way is open to all who have a sincere desire to try it.

Interested in Zen? The easiest way to begin a meditation practice and find out if it’s for you is to contact us. Let us help you get started. Please visit our pages below.

Zen for Beginners Seminar 

Beginners Mind Zen Retreat

Baguio Zen Center location: The Tea House Zendo, ICM House of Prayer, C.M. Recto Road, Baguio City

For more information concerning the seminars, retreats and orientation schedules or to register and reserve a slot, please contact:

Dr. Rudi Tabora.  Mobile number: 0977.827.6942

email : baguiozencenter@gmail.com

Find a local group near you. The best way to learn Zen meditation is from a teacher or experienced practitioners, but if you are not able to come to the Baguio Zen Center please visit our affiliate Zen Centers nearest you. Information and support is available from our community of practitioners.

For further information about Beginning Zen please contact us:


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