Louisville Zen Center
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
November 3 - zazen, kinhin, then listening to a recorded Zen commentary
November 10 - three rounds of zazen
November 17 - three rounds of zazen including a live Zen talk
November 24 - three rounds of zazen including group instruction
December 1 - closed; Holiday Break
December 8 - Buddha's Enlightenment Day Observation: some zazen & kinhin, then a live or recorded Zen talk
December 15 - three rounds of zazen including group instruction
December 22 - three rounds of zazen
December 29 - closed; Holiday Break
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.