Scott Stillinger is a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. A long time resident of the Monterey Peninsula, Scott started practicing Zen when he first met Zen Master Seung Sahn while attending an intensive retreat in Berkeley at the Empty Gate Zen Center in the late 1970‘s. For the last several years Scott has been leading early morning Zen training practice at the One Point Center. He may be reached by email at (subject line: Zen Training) or by telephone at (831) 655-8955.

Weekly Saturday morning practice is held from 7:00 am until 8:45 am at the One Point Center. It consists of traditional sitting meditation broken up by ten minute periods of walking meditation. The morning also includes some chanting and a question and answer period. All levels of practitioners are welcome. The schedule for extended meditation practices can be found on the AOM website "Events" page.

The emphasis of the practice is to simply wake up to the present moment and consequently is a great resource for every situation in our daily lives. Scott is happy to answer any questions about the practice and provide basic instructions. Anyone is welcome to attend any part of the morning sessions.

Zen Master Seung Sahn
Kwan Um School of Zen
Zen Master Bon Soeng
Empty Gate Zen Center

The Human Route
Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one pure and clear thing?