Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop (or equivalent) may participate in group instruction, individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting.
To participate, during the appropriate period of walking meditation, go to the designated room (now virtual) and have a seat in the semi-circle facing the group instruction leader. Participants ask questions and receive responses one person at a time. You may ask anything at all - about the Zen Center, meditation posture, breath practice, first-koan practice, mindfulness in everyday affairs, even personal matters are o.k. Others in the group remain silent until their turn to speak. Instruction can even be given to a single individual if group instruction is announced and only one person attends.
Keep in mind group instruction is not a group discussion period; attendees are not talking to each other. Discussion occurs between the individual questioner and the group instruction leader. Because it can be so helpful to hear other people's questions and responses, participants are urged to maintain confidentiality and to avoid discussing what occurred during group instruction.
For matters too complex, time-consuming, or personal to address during group instruction, individual advising may be more appropriate.
Louisville Zen Center