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  Crested Crane Associates, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 2B, Suite 106 in Lawrence, New Jersey. For additional details, click on the "Other" icon at left.

Beginners' Night is held on the first Sunday of every month. Instruction is from 6:30 to 7 pm, followed by a regular sitting from 7 to 9 pm.

We will be holding a sesshin (a several day period of intensive meditation) from Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please contact Paul at for more information. We will not therefore be sitting  as regularly scheduled on Sunday, September 21.


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 Princeton Area Zen Group 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 a 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 Scott (609-605-3994), David (551-655-4769), or Bill (908-437-1232), or click the button on the left to email us.

Click here ( for information on the book Grassroots Zen by Princeton Area Zen Group (PAZG) founding teachers Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger