​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction to Zen Meditation

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). 


​In this workshop we cover posture, types and use of meditation equipment, breathing, concentration, walking meditation, integrating Zen practice with daily life, and finding and working with a teacher or other spiritual friend. Due to time constraints, sutra chanting isn't  discussed, but instructions can be found in our FAQs


Here is the handout we'll reference during the workshop. Instruction starts promptly at 5:15 p.m. so please arrive early. Out of respect for participants' time and the evening schedule, latecomers may be turned away.  ​We take a short break at 6:15, practice with others in the group sit at 6:30 - 7:55, then wrap up with tea until 8:15 pm.

See our virtual zendo page for a current schedule.  Contact us to sign up.  


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.