Advising is a one-to-one interaction with our group leader to address matters that may be too complex, time-consuming, or personal for group instruction. Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen Meditation (or equivalent) and group instruction may schedule a meeting.

Like group instruction, you may bring up anything at all during advising - questions about the Zen Center, meditation posture, breath practice,  first-koan practice, mindfulness in everyday affairs, even personal matters are o.k.  Confidentiality shall be respected unless required to do otherwise by law.  But unlike group instruction, this type of individualized instruction and guidance is informal and unstructured – sometimes simply a chat over tea - so is scheduled outside of formal sittings. 

Advising is usually conducted in-person.  On rare occasions it may also occur by Skype, phone, or e-mail.  In-person advising appointments are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) and on some Sundays at 5:30 - 6 p.m. at Unity of Louisville.  Sessions may last up to 25 minutes.  Advising must be scheduled so be sure to e-mail our group leader for an appointment.

Even better than advising is dokusan (private instruction with a fully sanctioned Zen teacher).  Dokusan will be offered during the Fall Zen Retreat at HPWZ with guest teacher Sensei Amala Wrightson, Spiritual Director of Auckland Zen Center.