The Enso Circle
A Zen Community, Inc.
501 (c) (3)
Welcome to The Enso Circle!
We are a faith community dedicated to the Zen concept of Samu.
The word "Samu" means "Service." Through our service to others we work to bring the Zen Precepts into action in the world. One of the most important tools we use in Service is "Dana," or Compassionate Giving. It is Dana that actualizes all other Precepts.
What Is An Enso?
An Enso is a common theme in Japanese calligraphy. The word itself means “circle,” and
in Zen, the Enso symbolizes eternity and enlightenment.
The founder of The Enso Circle, Jeffrey H. Minde, also known by his Dharma name, Konrei (“The Unyielding Spirit”), is a former Director of The National Special Needs Network Foundation, Inc., established in the year 2000. Mr. Minde has been an Attorney and Counselor At Law in the State of Florida since 1994, and a licensed Social Worker in the State of New York since 1985. For the last three decades he has committed himself to assisting persons with disabilities, and is the creator of the Social Security Administration’s “Ticket To Work” program and other Federal benefits legislation.
In 2012, after many years of Zen practice, he was ordained a Senior Zen Priest of the Southern Palm Zen Group of Boca Raton, Florida, a member of the White Plum Asanga. Believing that spiritual practice is merely selfish unless it is used for the betterment of all, he established The Enso Circle, along with like-minded members of the community.
What We Do
“The Great Circle Project”
Master Dogen, the 13th Century founder of Zen in Japan, wrote in his most influential work, Shobogenzo: "To a man aboard ship, the ocean is a great circle." As any ocean navigator knows, a Great Circle Route is the shortest distance between two points on the Earth's surface. And an Enso itself is a Great Circle.
The Enso Circle, in association with Gol Iluminado Foundation and the Jubilee Sailing Trust of the United Kingdom, have joined together in a cooperative effort to bring the use of the JST's two handicapped-accessible tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious, to persons in the United States and the Americas. Participants not only travel aboard ship. Under professional supervision, they act as crew.
Our goals in The Great Circle Project:
Subsidizing and sponsoring both financially-qualifying disabled individuals and their non-disabled traveling companions from the Americas to participate in the voyages of Lord Nelson and Tenacious.
Providing our program participants with funds for documentation, travel, and room and board to and from the United Kingdom and other JST ports of call.
Raising sufficient funds to enlarge the world's fleet of accessible tall ships. We intend to homeport two (or more) such vessels in the United States, one on each coast, in order to bring this life-changing experience to as many people as possible.
Inviting the participation of knowledgeable and qualified individuals who will provide program participants opportunities for learning and experiencing activities such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Zen and Vipassana meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, reiki, and mindful eating.
We want every cruise to be a unique voyage of exploration.
Any financial donation is welcome. JST cruises vary in length and cost. In our inaugural phase, we are planning on providing berths for five-day cruises. And you can help us to build our own accessible tall ships.
“The Great Circle Project” is dedicated to the memory of Jose Rodriguez, friend and sailor, lost to cancer.
Our projects "The Color of Wind," "Hands of Light," and "May We Be Nourished" are in development. Please check back for more information.
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Contact us at
The Enso Circle, A Zen Community, Inc.
6424 Overland Drive
Delray Beach, FL 33484
The Enso Circle, A Zen Community, Inc. is a religious community recognized by the I.R.S. as holding 501(c)(3) status. We are registered under the Florida Charitable Solicitations Act. All donations are tax-deductible.
"Your life's purpose is to discover your life's purpose . . .
. . . and then to give yourself to it with all your heart"