Louisville Zen Center
Group Practice - Infinite Bliss Yoga - Sunday evenings COVID-19 Closure. Click here for details.
Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation or equivalent (as well as those who haven't yet) are welcome to attend Sunday evening sittings at Infinite Bliss Yoga (IBY), 1507 Bardstown Road, at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.
IBY has convenient parking in the rear of the building, and metered street parking is free on Sundays. Bring your own meditation equipment if you wish, but yoga bolsters, blocks, mats, blankets, and a few folding chairs are available.
There is no charge for participating. Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving). We suggest non-members give $5 but any contribution, large or small, 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 membership.
Here's the group practice schedule of activities at IBY. Activities are described below.
Date - 5:30 pm activity; 6:30 pm activity
April 5 - Intro. to Zen, Pt. 1; three rounds of zazen
April 12 - Intro. to Zen, Pt. 2; zazen, kinhin, then listening to a recorded teisho
April 19 - group instruction; three rounds of zazen including a live Zen talk
April 26 - informal sitting; zazen then tea & Annual Sangha Meeting
5:30 pm - Instruction Period
Usually for the Introduction to Zen or Group Instruction. When neither is held, the zendo will be open to "study the self" through informal sitting. During informal sitting you may experiment with different zazen postures and cushions or simply settle into meditation before formal sitting begins.
6:15 pm – Break; Arrivals for Formal Sitting
Instruction period participants may take a short break prior to formal sitting. If not participating in the instruction period, arrive for formal sitting around 6:15 and enter quietly - instruction might still be happening. When instruction is finished feel free to set up your seat in the zendo.
6:30 pm – Formal Sitting
The building will be locked soon after formal sitting begins at 6:30 so be sure to arrive early. Formal sitting includes varying combinations of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), recorded teisho (Dharma talk usually by one of our Zen teachers on a koan, Zen text, or sutra), or live Zen talk (reading from a Dharma text and/or other practice encouragement) by our group leader.
8:00 - 8:20 p.m. - Shutdown & Tea (optional)
Helping with shutdown is another way of practicing meditation and giving to the Center. Most shut-down jobs take only a few minutes - just ask and work will be found for you. When finished, 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. Our aim is to exit the building by 8:30.