Group Practice - Infinite Bliss Yoga - Sunday evenings

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 becoming a member.

Here's the group practice schedule of activities at IBY.  Activities are described below. 

Date - 5:30 pm activity; 6:30 pm activity 
February 2 - informal sitting at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ); three rounds of zazen at HPWZ
February 9 - informal sitting at IBY; three rounds of zazen including a live Zen talk at IBY
February 16 - Intro. to Zen, Pt 2; zazen, kinhin, then listening to a recorded teisho
February 23 - closed at IBY; February Non-Residential Zen Retreat at Heart of Perfect Wisdon Zendo (HPWZ)

March 1 - Intro. to Zen, Pt. 1; three rounds of zazen
March 8 - Intro. to Zen, Pt. 2; zazen, kinhin, then listening to a recorded teisho
March 15 - group instruction; three rounds of zazen including a live Zen talk
March 22 - informal sitting; three rounds of zazen
March 29 - closed

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - 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 – 6:30 p.m. – Arrivals for Formal Sitting

If not participating in the instruction period, arrive for formal sitting around 6:15 and enter quietly - instruction might still be finishing up.  When instruction is finished feel free to set up your seat in the zendo.   

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Formal Sitting  New time! 

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​.