One River Zen

121 E Prospect Ave
Ottawa, IL 61350

Description of Organization:

One River Zen is a non-profit Buddhist temple founded in 2021 dedicated to empowering all to open to life fully by embodying wisdom and compassion through the practices of mindfulness and meditation. Their mission is dedicated to bringing life-changing mindfulness and meditation practices through regular in-person meditations, retreats, classes, and talks. One River Zen operates in the tradition of the White Plum Lineage of Soto Zen Buddhism and is an affiliate of Zen Peacemaker’s International.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $12,500 was awarded for a program to showcase the accomplishments of women in the Dharma while also identifying viewpoints and fostering unity. The program components:are:

1. ” View from Here: A weekly blog that highlights mindful practice through the lens of “Entering the Way,” a special program guided by women that creates an environment of acceptance and understanding for the unique challenges female practitioners face on their spiritual journey.

2. Online Community: A platform centered on the wisdom of Zen tradition, addressing the topics explored in the classroom and blog offerings, facilitating open dialogue, and providing a safe space to appreciate diverse viewpoints while embracing the Oneness of our lived experiences.

3.-Embracing Technological Advancements: A commitment to continuously enhancing the online experience by incorporating immersive web and conference technologies. By engaging participants and staying at the forefront of technological advancements, we strive to ensure that spiritual communities play a vital role in bringing these teachings to life.

In 2022, a grant in the amount of $6,500 was awarded to support One River Zen’s undertaking of a Digital Transformation Program to increase the availability of Buddhist teachings to the a diverse and geographically people of the Greater Illinois Valley and beyond. Classroom offerings, retreats, and meditation will all be available online.