Sittings: Zen Meditation Sessions


Locations

We sit in three venues: Infinite Bliss Yoga (IBY), Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ), and Zoom.  

  • For now Sundays will remain on Zoom until in-person sits resume at Infinite Bliss Yoga, 1507 Bardstown Rd, 40205 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays are hybrid. You may attend via Zoom or in-person at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo, a private residence in the Audubon neighborhood near University of Louisville. Here are our COVID protocols and here is general information (parking, etc.) about practicing at HPWZ.  

  • Here is how to join us on Zoom


​​Schedule

6:15 pm - Arrival.  ​The zendo opens 15 minutes early allowing you to settle in and begin meditation.  If attending in-person, you may also experiment with different meditation postures and cushions during this time.  


6:30 pm - Meditation.  We do zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Sometimes there's also a recorded teisho (formal Dharma talk by a Zen teacher in our lineage) or a live Zen talk (informal Dharma talk, reading, or practice encouragement) by our group leader. We end by chanting the 4 Bodhisattvic Vows (p. 36 of the RZC chant book). Sittings are suspended during Rochester Zen Center sesshin (intensive meditation retreats).


​​​Sundays (Zoom only)

May 1 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
May 8 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
May 15 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
May 22 - sitting & Annual Sangha Meeting

May 29 - sit, kinhin, then hearing a recorded teisho or live Zen talk


​June 5 - closed for sesshin
June 12 - sit, kinhin, then hearing a recorded teisho
June 19 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes private instruction
June 26 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm


​July 3 - closed for holiday
July 10 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
July 17 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a live Zen talk
July 24 - closed for sesshin

July 31 - sit, kinhin, then hearing a recorded teisho

Tuesdays (Hybrid)

30-minute sit, 7-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed June 7 & July 26


Thursdays (Hybrid)

30-minute sit, 7-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed June 9 & July 28


7:40 pm (8 pm on Sundays) - Tea (optional). When meditation finishes, all are invited to "tea". Because sittings are done in silence with the eyes lowered, tea time is an opportunity to ask questions or to simply socialize with like-minded others. ​Tea ends at 8 pm (8:15 pm on Sundays).


​Cost

Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving).  We suggest non-members give about $10 via the Paypal button when visiting us but any contribution, large or small, is 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.