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).
See our virtual zendo page for a current schedule. Contact us to sign up. We start promptly at 5:15 p.m. so please arrive early. Out of respect for other participants' time and the evening schedule, latecomers may be turned away.
You may attend this workshop as frequently as you wish. For ongoing meditation advice and encouragement in an informal, support group-style setting, Finding Your Seat (FYS) is recommended.
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.
5:15 pm – Instruction
We cover physical and mental posture, types and use of meditation equipment, breathing, concentration, dealing with various mental states that may arise, 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 is only briefly discussed, but more instructions can be found in our FAQs.
6:15 pm - Break
6:30 pm – Practice (Sundays only)
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 group sitting schedule.
7:55 - 8:15 p.m. – Tea
When group practice ends, all are invited to stay 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.