O-An is a Japanese name meaning “hut of harmony.”
Zendo refers to the meditation hall where zazen (sitting meditation) is practiced.
Our zendo, founded in 2003, is a small meditation center surrounded by 140 acres of forest in central Pennsylvania. Everything from the living roof over the entrance to the live-edged interior wood trim is designed to reflect and harmonize with the surrounding natural landscape.
We offer a quiet, secluded atmosphere for meditation practice, providing a regular Sunday service, a monthly full-day sitting, and other related activities. Our Calendar.
Although focused on Zen Buddhism in the Soto (Japanese) tradition, O-An welcomes all those interested in meditation, regardless of background and/or style of practice. Newcomers are invited to contact us for a personal introduction and instruction on the basics of Zen and our practice forms. Contact us.
Although the zendo is used primarily for our Zen practice, it is available by special arrangement to community groups and individuals for other activities such as yoga workshops, memorial services, weddings, etc. Special Events and Activities.
O-An is a member of the Julian Woods Community, a School of Living Land Trust, located near State College, PA.
We are located in Julian Woods Community, a member of the School of Living Land Trust, 20 minutes northwest of State College off Alternate Route 220 North, midway between Port Matilda and Milesburg, Pennsylvania. Our Location.