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Rideau Lakes Zen is a unique Canadian Zen practice.​

We have a family-oriented general program, and for those who wish to advance, we also have separate, family-oriented, practice-from-home while living and working in the world monastic studies.

Minimum age requirement is 18.

We practice a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including meditation, photography, art and outdoor family activities. These activities are geared towards leading people to practice on their own.  This empowers individuals to begin to learn directly from their greatest teacher, the Universe.

Practice is held at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations and times.  Everyone is welcome, but our location varies and our doors are locked, so please contact us ahead of time.  Please be prepared by arriving with comfortable footwear and appropriate, layered clothing for outings.

Please Note:   We are on sabbatical for the time being.
Individuals wishing to practice are encouraged to study independently, either alone or with friends and family using the resources available here.
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Family Oriented - A Flowing Zen Perspective

Rideau Lakes Zen
As there are a variety of programs that make up Rideau Lakes Zen practice, participants are free to pursue a study path of their choice.

Participation in Rideau Lakes Zen Studies is a requirement for attending any programs, and Introduction to Rideau Lakes Zen needs to be completed prior to attending any general practice.

After a period of time studying, the monastic practitioners have the option of continuing to participate from time to time in the family-oriented training.  When the training groups practice together, we request that everyone accept and respect each other's personal training choices.

Rideau Lakes Zen is closest to but different from Soto Zen.