About Us


Open Zen Community began in October, 2013 with just Beata sitting at the Zendo and our downtown location in San Mateo. Slowly people were drawn to the practice and now there are usually 6 to 8 practicers attending regularly. We are all people who put great value on living as we are, and on experiencing our true and authentic lives. We want to be awake, to practice being awake, so that we can actually be present in the moments of our lives, whether those moments are difficult or joyous.

We registered as a non-profit “church” with the State of California in the spring of 2015. Here are some useful documents related to the governance of our sangha:


Our mission is to make the joyous teachings of the Buddha accessible for all who aspire to receive them.

Ethics & Grievance

Please review our Ethics & Grievances Procedure