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Plum Blossom Zendo
A Pittsburgh Zen Meditation Center
341 Raymond Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Plum Blossom Zendo, a Zen meditation center in Pittsburgh formed in 2005, is in the Soto-Rinzai lineage of Zen Master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and the White Plum Asanga.  Our founder and resident teacher, Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels, is dharma successor to Roshi Robert Jinsen Kennedy in this Zen lineage as is Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels, the other resident Zen teacher at Still Mind Zendo in New York.  Plum Blossom Zendo is an affiliate of Still Mind Zendo.  Local experienced and new Zen practitioners are welcome, as are visitors to Pittsburgh who practice Zen.


Cover Photo copywrited by Andrew Gray –

In Buddhist contexts, the plum blossom is used as a metaphor for Shakyamuni Buddha, who was considered the first to bring forth the blossoming of the Dharma, and whose blossoming has inspired others to seek and find the Way

When the old plum tree suddenly opens,

the world of blossoming flowers arises.

At the moment when the world of blossoming flowers arises,

spring arrives.

- Dogen, Japenese Soto Zen Master


 You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
– the Buddha
In affectionate remembrance of Juan G., our brother at Still Mind Zendo

Those who cling to life are dead
and those who defy death live.

                        —    Zen saying

Sin which is the result of passions, and happiness which is the fruit of virtue, are imagined as quite opposed to each other. But seen in the light of true wisdom, each of them is not more than the activity of the Absolute, and we cannot speak of bondage or liberation.

The Vimalakirti Sutra

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”

                               — Rumi

Knowledge is learning something every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

Zen saying

Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.

Alexandr Solzenitsyn

That is what you are, that is what I am, that is what everything in the Universe is — beginningless, endless life, infinite, boundless, eternal Life. That is what we must realize. And to this realization Zen practice leads us step by step. This is the aim of Zen. This is true satori.

Ruth Fuller Sasaki

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
Zhuangzi, Nan-Hua-Ch’en-Ching, or, the Treatise of the transcendent master from Nan-Hua

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?

Matthew Arnold