Group Practice - Unity of Louisville - Sunday evenings

Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation workshop or equivalent (as well as those who haven't yet) are welcome to attend Group Practice on Sunday evenings at Unity of Louisville at 757 South Brook Street near University of Louisville and Spalding University.

Unity has no lot, but there's plenty of free parking available on the street and in surrounding lots.  Enter Unity at the ground floor door at the corner of Brook and College streets.  Once inside, immediately turn right to enter the Social Room.  Someone will greet you there. 

Formal sittings consist of varying combinations of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), recorded teisho (Dharma lecture usually by one of our Zen teachers on a koan, Zen text, or sutra), Zen talk (reading from a Dharma text and/or other practice encouragement usually by our group leader), group instruction, and Dharma film.

A few zafus (traditional round Zen meditation cushions) and plenty of chairs and support cushions are available.  If other meditation equipment is needed, though, please bring it with you.  

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.

5:30 pm. – 6:00 p.m. – Informal Sitting (optional)

Arrival time. Optional sitting period to settle into meditation before formal practice begins at 6 p.m.  Short, quiet conversations can occur in the Social Room if it's not in use, but maintain silence in and around the zendo.  Exploring other areas of the church may set off the security alarm.  At the 5-minute warning bell, please observe silence and take a seat in the zendo.

6:00 - 7:50 p.m. – Formal Sitting

April 7 - no sitting at Unity; Vesak Zazenkai at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo, 12:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Deadline: Mar. 31)

April 14 - sitting & Annual Meeting
April 21 - three rounds of zazen

April 28 - three rounds of zazen including group instruction

May 5 - three rounds of zazen
May 12 - three rounds of zazen
May 19 - zazen and kinhin then hearing a recorded teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
May 26 - three rounds of zazen

June 2 - three rounds of zazen

June 9 - closed

June 16 - closed

June 23 - zazen and kinhin then hearing a recorded Dharma talk by Zen instructor Eryl Kubicka

June 30 - three rounds of zazen

7:50 - 8:15 p.m. - Zendo Shutdown; Tea (optional)

When group practice ends, all are invited to help shut down the zendo before enjoying tea and fellowship. Because sittings are done in silence with the eyes lowered, tea time is a chance to ask questions, socialize, and participate in informal discussions.​