Anchorage Zen Community seeks awareness sitting in silence


              Bob Scoggin Jr. meditates facing a window during a Sunday service at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Being Buddhist in Anchorage is both universal in practice and unique to life in Alaska. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Anchorage Zen Community's resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk walks past the zendo, or meditation hall, in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. The Anchorage Zen Community is influenced by the northernmost state's seasonal rhythms that include long, dark winters as well as short summers when the sun only dips below the horizon for brief stretches, said Zeedyk, who has been the resident priest for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              A timer and clappers, used to signal rest and walking time during meditation, are placed next to a program at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Being Buddhist in Anchorage is both universal in practice and unique to life in Alaska. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Yaso Thiru and Ana Verzone, foreground, meditate during a Sunday service at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Thiru grew up in a Hindu household in Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist country. She became interested in Buddhism and joined the Anchorage group after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Anchorage Zen Community's resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk prepares tea in the kitchen at the temple in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. The Anchorage Zen Community is influenced by the northernmost state's seasonal rhythms that include long, dark winters as well as short summers when the sun only dips below the horizon for brief stretches, said Zeedyk, who has been the resident priest for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk bows before a Buddha statue during a Sunday practice at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. The Anchorage Zen Community is influenced by the northernmost state's seasonal rhythms that include long, dark winters as well as short summers when the sun only dips below the horizon for brief stretches, said Zeedyk, who has been the resident priest for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Anchorage Zen Community's resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk holds a book while preaching at a Sunday practice in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Being Buddhist in Anchorage is both universal in practice and unique to life in Alaska. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Yaso Thiru meditates facing a wall during a Sunday practice at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Thiru grew up in a Hindu household in Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist country. She became interested in Buddhism and joined the Anchorage group after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Members of the Anchorage Zen Community walk in silence as they meditate during a Sunday service in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Being Buddhist in Anchorage is both universal in practice and unique to life in Alaska. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              A Buddha statue sits on an altar at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Being Buddhist in Anchorage is both universal in practice and unique to life in Alaska. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              A member of the Anchorage Zen Community enters the zendo, or meditation hall, for a Sunday practice in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. For more than three decades, members of the Anchorage Zen Community have gathered in unusual venues with the same intention: simply to sit and meditate in silence. These days, they finally gather permanently at a small meditation hall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk stands for a photo at the Anchorage Zen Community in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. The Anchorage Zen Community is influenced by the northernmost state's seasonal rhythms that include long, dark winters as well as short summers when the sun only dips below the horizon for brief stretches, said Zeedyk, who has been the resident priest for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
            
              Resident priest Genmyo Jana Zeedyk, second from left, and other members of the Anchorage Zen Community meditate during a Sunday service in Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. For more than three decades, members of the Anchorage Zen Community have gathered in unusual venues with the same intention: simply to sit and meditate in silence. These days, they finally gather permanently at a small meditation hall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Anchorage Zen Community seeks awareness sitting in silence