Zen Nova Scotia was founded in 2014 with a commitment to provide authentic Soto Zen Buddhist practice and teachings to all. We hold to three basic principles: practice is undertaken as a community, practice and realization are not two, and practice is taken up in a spirit of offering and vow.

Our Mission

Zen Nova Scotia is a community committed to providing authentic Zen Buddhist practice and teachings to all. In the spirit of the Buddha Shakyamuni and the founders of the Soto Zen school, Dogen and Keizan, we hold to three basic principles: practice is undertaken as a community, practice and realization are not two, and practice is taken up in a spirit of offering and vow.

We welcome people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities, and ages. We are committed to providing a safe place for all people to explore the dharma and awaken to their true nature. Zen Nova Scotia welcomes visitors and offers orientation for newcomers. Our emphasis and wider purpose is to encourage people to integrate religious practice into their everyday lives.