Meditation Instruction - Descriptions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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). Contact the Center to sign up.

​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.

Finding Your Seat

​Finding Your Seat (FYS) offers a chance to meet with other practitioners in an informal, group setting to talk about matters like posture, breath and first-koan practices, Center procedures, maintaining a habit of daily sitting, and keeping your Zen practice moving along.  Hosted by Rochester Zen Center, our group leader facilitates FYS on occasional Saturdays at 11 am - 12 pm in one of Rochester Zen Center's Zoom rooms.  Facilitators answer questions, offer advice and encouragement, and lead a short round or two of sitting. Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop (or equivalent) are welcome.  For more, see Rochester Zen Center's FYS page.​ Contact either Louisville Zen Center or Rochester Zen Center for Zoom access.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Group Instruction

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, at the appropriate time, go to the designated room (currently virtual) and have a seat in the semi-circle facing the group instructor. 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.

Unlike Finding Your Seat, 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.  


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 settings. Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen Meditation (or equivalent), Finding Your Seat, and group instruction may schedule a meeting.

You may bring up anything at all during advising.  Confidentiality shall be respected unless required to do otherwise by law.  This type of individualized instruction and guidance is informal and unstructured – sometimes simply a check-in over tea - so is scheduled outside of formal sittings. 

Advising may be conducted in-person, Zoom, or by phone, but it must be scheduled so contact Louisville Zen Center for an appointment.  Meetings are usually scheduled on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:15 pm but may occur at other times when needed.