This is a group at Whitman that holds little meditation sits a few times a week. There's something special about meditating by yourself, but it's also nice to meditate with your buddies sometimes! We hold sits (15-20 minutes of meditation) a few nights a week in the spirituality room of Prentiss, which is located in the basement. We really encourage and welcome anyone to come along. If you have any questions, please contact us! We hope to get zen with you!

Contact People:  Jeremy Davis ( and Danny Col-Spector (

Adviser: Sonja Aikens (

Who we are:

We are a loosely-knit group at Whitman interested in meditative practice. We are not a strictly religious group, but we are loosely affiliated with the Tahoma Zen Monastery that we visit every year (see below). We do not require that people interested in joining have any specific beliefs, and we welcome anyone, regardless of their meditation experience. While meditating by one's self can be insightful and refreshing, meditating in a group is usually a fundamentally different experience. If you've never meditated before or have never meditated in a group, we highly encourage you to try it. We also encourage reading Books on Buddhism and mindfulness, as they can be a helpful introduction and good, contemplative material (see below). That said, Buddhism is, more than anything, a practice that must be experienced first-hand through meditation.

What we do:

• We hold meditation sits (roughly 25 minutes each) a few times a week.

• We've also been experimenting in recent years with doing short readings and longer sits, and we plan on continuing this.

• We have a few special events every semester, such as inviting Buddhist monks to come to Whitman and give talks or lead some of our meditations.

• Finally, there is the Spring Break trip to the Tahoma Zen Monastery, located on Whidbey Island, that we do every year. We usually take between 5 and 10 students.

We welcome and encourage anyone to join the club, regardless of meditation experience or familiarity with Zen Buddhism.

A Few Logistics:

• We run a listserv (technically a Google Group, for anyone who's familiar) to provide updates on meeting times, special events, and all the other information above. So, if you're interested in the club, please email Jeremy Davis, the Club President, to get yourself signed up or to ask questions (contact email below).

• We conduct a poll at the beginning of every semester to figure out what times work best for the most people. Again, this poll is sent out through the listserv.

• We also have booths at both the Fall and Spring Activities Fair, so you can ask us questions there too.

Book List/Further Material (Courtesy of the Tahoma Zen Monastery):


Zen Training: Methods and Philosophy
by Katsuki Sekida
Shambhala, 2005
ISBN 1590302834

How to Sit Zazen
Mumon Roshi
Zen Studies Society

Koan Study

Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection
by John Daido Loori (Editor), Tom Kirchner (Introduction)
Wisdom Publications, 2005
ISBN: 0861713699

Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice
by Victor Sogen Hori
University of Hawaii Press; 2010
ISBN: 0824835077

Zen Dust: The History of the Koan and Koan Study in Rinzai (Linji) Zen
by Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Isshū Miura
Quirin Press; 2nd edition (July 15, 2015)
ISBN: 1922169129

Koan Zen from the Inside
Jeff Shore
Available online:

General Buddhism

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Wisdom Publications, 2005
ISBN: 0861714911


The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Pariyatti Publishing. 2006
ISBN: 192870607X

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
by Reb Anderson
Shambhala; 2000
ISBN: 1930485018

Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
by Norman Fischer
HarperOne; 2004
ISBN: 0060587199


The Diamond Sutra
Translation and commentary by Red Pine
Counterpoint 2002
ISBN-10: 1582432562

Lankavatara Sutra
Translation and commentary by Red Pine
Counterpoint Press 2012
ISBN: 1619020998

The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism
By Kazuaki Tanahashi
Shambhala 2016
ISBN: 1611803128

Ch'an/Zen History

Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings
Andy Ferguson and Tenshin Reb Anderson
Wisdom Publications, 2011
ISBN: 0861716175

The Bodhidharma Anthology: The Earliest Records of Zen
By Jeffrey L. Broughton
University of California, 1999
ISBN-10: 0520219724

Zen Masters of Japan: The Second Step East
Richard Bryan McDaniel
Tuttle Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 0804847975


Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo
Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Shambhala, 2013
ISBN: 1590309359


Rohatsu Exhortations
Hakuin Ekaku Zenjo, translated Edo Shimano
The Zen Studies Society Press, 2006

Zen Poetry

Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China
Edited and Translated by David Hinton
New Directions, 2005
ISBN-10: 0811216241

Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Shambhala, 2012
ISBN: 1590309820

The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets
Translated by Sam Hamill
Shambhala, 2006
ISBN: 1570620199

Zen in the West

Third Step East: Zen Masters of America
Richard Bryan McDaniel
Sumeru Press, 2015
ISBN: 1896559220

Like a Dream, Like a Fantasy: The Zen Teachings and Translations of Nyogen Senzaki
by Nyogen Senzaki and Eido Shimano
Wisdom Publications, 2005
ISBN-10: 0861712803

Cypress Trees in the Garden: The Second Generation of Zen Teaching in America
Richard Bryan McDaniel,
Sumeru Press, 2015
ISBN: 1896559263

The Three Pillars of Zen,
by Roshi Philip Kapleau
Anchor;, 1989
ISBN-10: 0385260938

Secular Buddhism

Buddhism without Beliefs
Stephen Bachelor
Riverhead Books, March 1, 1998
ASIN: B00J3526Y6

Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist
Stephen Bachelor
Spiegel & Grau , March 2, 2010
ASIN: B00338QEO2

Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World
Stephen Bachelor
Yale University Press , February 1, 2017

Science Oriented

The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
by John ‘Culdasa' Yates, Matthew Immergut , Jeremy Graves
Atria Books, January 3, 2017

Non-Dual Practice

The Path of Liberation:
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Gary Weber: