Grassroots Zen

Sixth Patriarch of Zen at the Moment of Enlightenment by Kano Tan'yu

Welcome to the Princeton Area Zen Group.

We sit every Sunday from 7 to 9 pm at Fellowship in Prayer,
291 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ

Event Calendar and Announcements

On Saturday, August 26, 2023 we will be holding a zazenkai, or one-day retreat. We will not be hosting our regulary weekly sitting the following day, Sunday, August 27. Weekly stting will resume the following Sunday, September 3, 2023.

Please bring your own meditation cushions if you have them. We have cushions available for those who do not yet have their own set.

Newcomers should arrive Sunday at 6:30 pm for an introduction to the group and Zen meditation practice. This will be followed by our regular sitting from 7 to 9 pm.

Affiliate members will be invited to join virtually on the last Sunday of every month. Please contact us for more information on the affiliate membership.


The Princeton Area Zen Group (PAZG) engages in lay meditation practice in the tradition of Yasutani-Yamada-Aitken. Founded in 1991 by teachers Manfred Steger and Perle Besserman, the PAZG is a community-based, non-residential unaffiliated Zen center designed to introduce anyone with a sincere desire for self-realization to the formal practice of zazen (sitting meditation).

The group is not a religious organization, but a collection of committed, like-minded individuals responsible for maintaining and supporting a place of Zen practice. It emphasizes traditional elements of Zen Buddhist practice, such as sitting meditation, dharma talks, private interviews, and retreats, but within a framework of Western culture with an emphasis on democratically discussed and implemented community policies.

For more information, please contact Donald at 609-510-3909, Paul at 908-809-3400, or email us at

Grassroots Zen Click here ( for information on the book Grassroots Zen: Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century by PAZG founding teachers Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger