Louisville Zen Center
Introduction to Zen Meditation
The Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop is for those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with Louisville Zen Center. Participants learn the basic theory and disciplines of Zen meditation and experience first-hand the Zen practices of zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Contact the Center to sign up.
The Introduction to Zen is held in Infinite Bliss Yoga, 1507 Bardstown Road, near the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. There's a parking lot in the rear of the building and metered street parking is free on Sundays. Now Virtual!
We start promptly at 5:30 p.m. so please arrive early. Out of respect for other participants' time and the evening schedule, latecomers may be turned away. Please complete Parts 1 and 2 of the workshop before requesting continuing meditation instruction and guidance through group instruction or individual advising.
Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on the Buddhist virtue of dana (or giving). There is no charge for the Introduction to Zen Meditation, but we suggest giving $10 ($5 for students and seniors). Any contribution, large or small, will be much appreciated. No one is EVER turned away for lack of payment. If you’d like to make an ongoing commitment to support the mission of the Louisville Zen Center, please consider membership.
5:30 pm – Instruction
In Part 1, we cover physical and mental posture, chair sitting, breathing, concentration, and integrating Zen practice with daily life. In Part 2, we cover floor-sitting postures, types and use of meditation equipment, dealing with various mental states that may arise during zazen, and advice on finding and working with a teacher or other spiritual friend. We recommend doing Part 1 before Part 2.
Due to time constraints, sutra chanting is only briefly discussed, but more instructions can be found here in our FAQs. And here is a program of stretching that can be extremely helpful for meditation.
6:15 pm - Break
6:30 pm – Practice
To cement into the body-mind what was covered during instruction, Zen Center sangha (community) join workshop attendees in the zendo (meditation room) for the day's formal sitting schedule.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Shutdown & Final Tea
When group practice ends, all are invited to help shut down the zendo and gather for tea/social/discussion time. Tea time is a great opportunity for fellowship, learning about membership in Louisville Zen Center, asking final questions to the workshop leader, and for other informal discussions over tea. Our aim is to exit the building by 8:30.