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—El Paso Zen Center for Engaged Buddhist Practice—

Both Sides / No Sides Community


The El Paso Zen Center - Both Sides / No Sides Sangha is a community of people who come together to practice the dharma in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. We offer instruction and practice of zazen (sitting meditation), one-on-one instruction with a teacher, dharma talks, weekly services, retreats, workshops, study groups, and engaged outreach. We are a group of householders, women and men who work and go to school, taking our practice off the cushions and being fully engaged in our various communities.


Our zendo is situated in a unique binational / bilingual community, thus our name, Both Sides / No Sides Sangha. All of us live and work on the U.S./Mexico border, but our practice is to experience all there is as one – one land composed of two countries, one place of desert and mountains with a river running through, one people of multiple ethnicities and languages, one planet in one solar system among others, one in the great vastness of everything, boundless. 


This is a good place,

like all places,

to practice Zen.

We welcome you into our home. 




Sunday - Zen Liturgy and Meditation
10AM MST (Please arrive early) 

We have re-opened the Zen Center for hybrid (in-person / Zoom) Sunday services  Please be fully vaccinated.



  • Buddhist Liturgy (10 - 15 minutes)

  • Two periods of Zazen (meditation) 25 minutes each separated by kinhin, or walking meditation

  • Dharma Talk with tea (15-25 minutes) 

  • Buddhist Liturgy (10 minutes)


Weekday Meditation

(In-person only; meditation only, no service.)

  • Wednesday evening: 7 until 8 p.m.

  • Friday morning: 7 until 8 a.m.​​

(Come when you can; leave when you need to)

No experience necessary.





Saturday morning 8:30 AM until Noon

Next zazenkai to be held on Saturday, July 20th, 2024.

This is a good opportunity for some extended "time on the cushion." 

Come when you can, leave when you need to!


Sunday morning June 23rd, during our weekly Sunday service, we will hold our monthly Fusatsu ceremony.  Usually performed near the date of the full moon, in Fusatsu we acknowledge the karma created by our intentional actions, and renew our vows to conduct ourselves ethically through the sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. As part of the ceremony we offer incense in gratitude and to remind ourselves of the impermanence of all.

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These challenging and difficult times call for US to focus on PEACE MAKING.  What are your practices and activities of PEACE MAKING and how do they flow out into the family, this city, the country, and the world in order to have a positive impact on other beings?  What groups and communities are you connected to?  What can “WE” do to have an impact and make a difference?  What are some ways “WE” can express and manifest PEACE MAKING in El Paso since the entire community and the universe is our homeland?Join US for the next “WE” Circle which is open to everyone on a donation basis.  The facilitator will be Rev. Eternity Wauls, Zen Priest with The El Paso Zen Center.


  • SATURDAY: June 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • AT:  El Paso Zen Center: 2718 Campbell St. in Kern Place near the University

  • BRING:  Your favorite dish, bowl, pot, or tray full of good stuff to share during the pot-luck lunch

  • BRING:  Your own writing pad, pens/pencils and water bottle

  • BRING:  An adult family member and your friends

  • ARRIVE:  A few minutes early for the registration process

  • PLAN:  To engage in movement & plan to stay until the end

  • COME:  With an open Heart – Mind – Spirit – and a collective vision for PEACE MAKING

We are very proud to announce that our own Veronica Roshin Schroder received the degree of Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New York Theological Seminary in a graduation ceremony held May 18, 2024!  Roshin serves as one of the Zen priests of our sangha.

Congratulations Roshin!



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Support El Paso Zen Center

Our sangha relies entirely on donations from our community to maintain our space and basic expenses. Dana, or generosity, is the first of the perfections, and is an opportunity for us all to practice interdependence, impermanence, and commitment. 

El Paso Zen Center

Both Sides / No Sides Sangha

2718 N. Campbell, El Paso TX 79902

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