Enter through the Open Gate
One of the seminal texts of Zen is entitled Mumonkan, which translates into English as The Gateless Gate or what we Westerners would think of as an open gateway without doors. Unlike a gate with doors that can be bolted shut to prevent free passage, a gateless gate is an opportunity to pass through without restrictions.
It is through Zen practice that we approach the gateless gate of our own self restricted minds. Every one of us is capable of accessing the boundless mind and passing freely through the mental barriers created by our fears and preconceptions. By letting go of our preconceptions, dualistic thinking and communal delusions, we discover the previously unrealized potential of our own unlimited consciousness and become self liberated. This is the fundamental tenet of Boundless Mind Zen.
Open Gate Zendo is the primary training facility of the Boundless Mind Zen school and the Order of the Boundless Way. Originally conceived in 1994, Open Gate Zendo was founded to promote the original Zen principles of self-realization through varied individual approaches and disciplines. As expressed by Zen Master Mumon;
Thus, Zen practice and training at Open Gate Zendo is focused on the core philosophy and practices of Zen without reliance on any specific nationalistic or ethnic practices. Remaining nonsectarian allows for a multiple disciplinary approach that encompasses all Zen traditions and allows for a wider range of personalities to benefit from Zen practice and training.
Open Gate Zendo is open to anyone who wishes to practice or experience Zen training and/or the Zen arts regardless of their experience, spiritual beliefs or religious affiliations. First time practitioners are always welcome and are encouraged to participate without being burdened with undue obligations or expectations. Anyone who regularly attends practice sessions, receives training or otherwise contributes to the sangha is considered a member of the Open Gate sangha. There are no requirements for sangha members to become members of the religious order.
The Zendo and entrance hall are constructed in traditional Japanese Zen style on the grounds of the adjacent teacher's residence (Hojo), known as Koro An (Lone Wolf Hermitage). Together these structures are the beginnings of a multidiscipline training center and residence for those who prefer a multifaceted approach to their Zen training. Construction continues as the facilities are realized through dedication to practice and volunteer efforts. One day, the facilities at Open Gate will include an authentic tea garden, archery range and dojo (training hall) for continued lessons in the Zen art forms and other related disciplines, but this will be a journey taken with mindfulness one step at a time.
Koro Kaisan Miles is a transmitted teacher in the Linchi/ Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism through the lineage of Chinese Zen Master Hsu Yun. He is a founding member of the Order of the Boundless Way (Mugendo Zen Kai) and a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY). His Chinese Dharma name is Fa Lohng Shakya.
Open Gate Zendo / Koro An is located in West Olympia on Biscay Street NW, just north of The Evergreen College on Cooper Point. For those from out of the area, road signs and directions to Evergreen College will get within a few blocks of Open Gate.
From Cooper Point road turn left on 36th Avenue NW and then right on Biscay Street. From Evergreen Parkway/Kaiser, turn left on Cooper Point Road, left on 36th Avenue NW then right on Biscay. Each turn is about a half mile from the last. Our driveway is on the left, diagonal across the intersection of Biscay and 41st Way NW.
Open Gate Zendo Practice Schedule
Morning Meditation Schedule (Monday through Friday)
6:00-6:30 am One Period MeditationMonday Evenings
6:45-7:00 pm - Call to Meditation
7:00-7:30 pm - One Period Meditation
7:30-8:00 pm - Short Ceremony & Dharma Talk
6:45 - Call to Practice & Seating
7:05-7:20- Opening Ceremony & Recitations
7:20-7:50- One Period Meditation7:50-8:15 Teaching, Closing Ceremony & Recitations
Please plan to arrive well before Meditation begins.
If you should arrive late, simply take your seat as
quietly as possible.
For further information contact:
Koro Kaisan MilesOpen Gate Zendo4123 Biscay St NWOlympia WA 98502Ph. (360)870-7849