Louisville Zen Center
Introduction to Zen Meditation
The Introduction to Zen Meditation is for those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with Louisville Zen Center. Because (re)starting in Zen isn’t as simple as deciding to attend a new church on Sunday, this workshop provides an introduction to Zen theory, discipline and, most importantly, Zen practice. No registration is required.
The workshop is held in Unity of Louisville at 757 South Brook Street. Unity has no lot, but there's plenty of free parking available on the street and in surrounding lots. Enter Unity at the ground floor door at the corner of Brook and College streets. Once inside, immediately turn right to enter the Social Room. Someone will greet you there.
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. You are asked to complete the entire workshop. Afterwards you may participate in most of our activities, events, and volunteer. You may even receive continuing meditation instruction and guidance through group instruction and 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, small or large, 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.
Upcoming Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshops: February 10, February 24, March 10, March 31
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. – Part I – Theory, Discipline, and Practice of Zen
This session is held in either the library or Social Room. 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). Among other things, we cover physical and mental posture, types and use of meditation equipment, breathing, concentration, mindfulness, and extending the mind of meditation into daily life. Sutra chanting is only briefly discussed due to time constraints but more instructions can be found here.
6:30 - 7:50 p.m. – Part II - Group Practice
To cement into the body-mind what was covered in class, workshop attendees join with Zen Center sangha (community) in the zendo for the remainder of the formal sitting schedule.
7:50 - 8:15 p.m. – Part III - Shutdown and Tea
When group meditation ends, workshop participants and sangha work together to shut down the zendo before gathering for tea/social/discussion time. This 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.