Group Practice - Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) - Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Sittings occur daily at HPWZ in the lovely Audubon neighborhood minutes from University of Louisville. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, sangha may join, too. Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation  workshop or equivalent are welcome to attend.  Contact the Center for directions.


​Traditional zazen equipment – round cushions (zafus) and mats (zabutons) - as well as support cushions, kneeling benches, and chairs are available for use at this dedicated place of practice.  View zendo pictures here.


There is no charge for participating.  Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving).  We suggest non-members give $5 ($3 for students and seniors), but any contribution, small or large, will be much appreciated.  No one is EVER turned away for lack of payment. To make an ongoing commitment while supporting the mission of the Center, please consider becoming a member.


HPWZ is an occupied home in a residential area.  Out of consideration for our residents and neighbors, please follow these guidelines in addition to the usual LZC forms and customsGroup practice usually follows the schedule shown below EXCEPT on:

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  • Community Retreat Week December 15-21, Jan. 19-25
  • Holiday Breaks Dec. 24 - Jan. 2
  • Closed for sesshin at RZC Jan. 7-9


6:00 pm. – 6:30 p.m. – Informal Sitting (optional)

Arrival time.  This optional sitting period may be used to settle into meditation before formal practice begins at 6:30 p.m.  You may also experiment with different zazen postures and cushions. 

6:30 ~ 7:50 p.m. – Formal Sitting

Tuesday practice is three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin.  Thursday practice is two 35-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin.


until 8:15 p.m. – Tea (optional)


When group practice ends, all are invited to tea. Because sittings are done in silence with the eyes lowered, tea time is a chance to ask questions, socialize, and participate in informal discussions.