About Loveland Zen

Sangha members Nicky, Ginny and Jan

Loveland Zen was started by Nicky Westrick in 2013 as a weekly Zen group in the House of Joy at Grailville. Grailville is a center of The Grail, an international women's movement.

We are a group of Zen practitioners from Loveland and Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, supporting one another in meditation practice. We meet for weekly Zen meditation on Monday evenings in the Oratory at Grailville in Loveland and on Saturday mornings at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

We practice in the tradition of Bodhi Sangha, the Zen school founded by Zen master Ama Samy. Since the closing of Grailville Retreat Center in 2015 we have been organizing his retreats in the US. We are a group of volunteers. Retreat donations support Little Flower projects in India, i.e., Fr. Ama's village projects, PEARL center and Montessori preschool.

We also participate in the weekly prison meditation group at Lebanon Correctional Institution. In addition, we host day sittings, weekend retreats and occasional Clearness Committees. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

Our community

  • practices and communicates Zen

  • bridges diverse spiritual traditions

  • seeks to advance peace and justice through inner transition and interpersonal connection

  • fosters international exchange and solidarity through our extended Sangha in Europe, Australia, and India

Email: lovelandzen@gmail.com
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Fr. Cyril, Fr. Ama and Olaf at Bodhi Zendo, South India

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