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Authentic Heart Zen

ZEN PRACTICE - All are welcome!

“Maha Karuna . . . the Big Love” ~ Kotatsu


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Who We Are

Authentic Heart Zen is a Sōtō Zen Buddhist Organization in the 

lineage of Eihei Dogen Daiosho, founder of the Sōtō Zen School in Japan. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi founded the San Francisco Zen Center.


Myoshin Tom Jones, founder of Authentic Heart Zen, is an ordained Sōtō Zen Buddhist Priest. He was ordained by Kotatsu John Bailes, founder of One Heart Zen. Kotatsu was ordained by Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi, the sole dharma heir of Suzuki Roshi, and received full dharma transmission (Shiho) from Zoketsu Norman Fischer, founder of Everyday Zen, and former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center.


Authentic Heart Zen is its own entity practicing in the tradition of above. 

We are friendly with One Heart Zen in Somerfield, MA (

and the Monmouth Zen Circle in Monmouth County, NJ.

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See also where Myoshin also has past blogs.

MISSION (short version)

Our mission is to further the spread of Sōtō Zen Buddhist teaching (Dharma), train individuals in seated-meditation (zazen),  and provide a venue for a community (sangha) of people to practice Zen in the Sōtō tradition.


Weekly meditations and discussions are held, at various locations; please email for scheduling and location. 

In addition to regular / weekly meditation and Zen teaching, we also celebrate Rohatsu yearly on the eighth day of the 12th month (December 8th), which is the world-wide commemoration of Buddha’s Enlightenment: the day when Siddhartha Gautama faced and defeated Mara, and became Lord Buddha in the 6th century B.C.E.  Everyone is welcome to join us for meditation and to celebrate this day for the benefit of all being. More upcoming at:

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All are welcome!

There will never be any discrimination against any interested person in terms of racial/ethnic group, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, age, or disability.

Upcoming Events - MORE events coming soon...

  • Future Events
    Future Events
    Time is TBD
    New Jersey
    Time is TBD
    New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
    Time is TBD
    New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
    More coming soon...
  • Shuso Entering Ceremony
    Shuso Entering Ceremony
    Sat, Feb 22
    Ocean Township
    Feb 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Ocean Township, Ocean Twp, NJ, USA
    Feb 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Ocean Township, Ocean Twp, NJ, USA
    Installation of Myoshin Tom Jones
  • Rohatsu-Bodhi Day
    Rohatsu-Bodhi Day
    Sun, Dec 08
    New Jersey
    Dec 08, 2019, 7:00 PM
    New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
    Dec 08, 2019, 7:00 PM
    New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
    Buddha faced and defeated Mara and attained enligthenment on this day in the 6th century B.C.E. under a lowly fig tree. Meditation and celebration of this day for all beings.
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