Other Information

Membership and Fees: In order to maintain itself, the Zen group must be financed by its members (including the teachers) through regular monthly dues. Teachers are exempt from retreat fees. We strongly appreciate contributions from non-members at our weekly sittings. The non-member suggested donation for students is $3, for all others, $5, or whatever you can give us to help defray our rent and the cost of cushions and other supplies. The donation should not be a barrier for anyone willing to come sit with us.

The cost for members varies, but usually is around $30 to 40 a month. Membership is encouraged for anyone wishing to make a commitment to a regular meditation practice. Please discuss the possibility of membership with one of our teachers.

Meeting Location: We meet at Smart Asana Yoga in the Kingston Mall on Route 27 a few miles north of Princeton. The address is 4437 Route 27 S., Kingston, NJ, 08540.  

Parking: There is a large parking lot at the Kingston Mall. The studio is on the right side of the mall as you enter the parking area.

Meeting Times: Sundays, 7 to 9 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to arrange your cushions or seat, since opening ceremonies start promptly at 7 pm. Beginners' Night, the first Sunday of the month, is 6:30 (please be on time!) to 7 pm for instruction, followed by regular sitting.

Contacts: By phone, Donald Dow, 609-510-3909; by email,; or just stop by at 6:30 pm on a Beginners' Night to introduce yourself.

Leadership Roles in the Zen Community: While the responsibilities regarding matters of Zen practice rest with the teachers, all administrative responsibilities rotate among the membership. The leadership roles necessary to run the Zen group are created and voluntarily taken on by members of the Zen community.

Meditation Retreats: We hold several 3 to 5 day meditation retreats (sesshin) throughout the year in addition to frequent
1 day retreats (zazenkai).

Additional Activities: Time, energy, and resources permitting, the Princeton Area Zen Group seeks to provide additional Zen-related activities, like introductions to newcomers, monthly membership meetings, discussions of Zen topics and informal social get-togethers. Members are encouraged to take the initiative in these activities. The "democratic" organization of Zen practice is an ongoing experiment. Students are expected to let teachers perform their function, and teachers are expected to let students administer the Zen center.