Virtual Zendo also in-person!
Sittings occur daily at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) in the Audubon neighborhood minutes from University of Louisville. Often others may join, too. Here is how to prepare for virtual sits and meditation instruction. Here are COVID guidelines for sitting in-person at HPWZ. Here are general instructions for in-person activities at HPWZ.
Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving). We suggest non-members give $5 via the Paypal button below 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.
Those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with the Center are invited to our Introduction to Zen Meditation. Instruction at 5:15; break at 6:15; practice at 6:30; tea & wrap-up 7:55 - 8:15 pm. Contact us to sign up.
Upcoming Introduction to Zen Meditation: June 13, July 11(Zoom only for now)
For ongoing advice and encouragement, Finding Your Seat (FYS) is recommended. FYS is a Q&A session with our group leader in an informal, group setting. Meets monthly on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm, on Zoom. Upcoming FYS: paused for summer (Zoom)
For continuing meditation questions and other individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting during sittings, group instruction is recommended. Upcoming Group Instruction: June 20, July 18(Zoom only for now)
For matters too complex, time-consuming, or personal for group settings, one-to-one advising is suggested. Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen (or equivalent), FYS, and group instruction may participate. Advising must be scheduled so contact the Center for an appointment. Advising is scheduled Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:15 pm (Zoom & In-person)
Group Sits: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday evenings
6:15 pm - Arrival & Informal Sitting
The zendo opens to "study the self" through informal sitting. You may experiment with different zazen postures and cushions or simply settle into meditation before formal group sitting begins.
6:30 pm – Formal Group Sitting & Optional Tea
Group sits include varying combinations of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), live zendo talk (reading from a Dharma text or practice encouragement) by our group leader, or recorded teisho (Dharma talk by one of our Zen teachers on a koan, text, article, or sutra). Before teisho we recite Master Hakuin's Chant in Praise of Zazen. After all sits we chant the 4 Bodhisattvic Vows. These can be found on pages 34 and 36 of our chant book.
When group practice ends, 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 simply chat.
Sundays: group sit 6:30 - 7:55 then optional tea until 8:15 pm (Zoom only for now)
June 6 - closed for RZC 5-day online sesshin led by Sensei Amala Wrightson
June 13 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
June 20 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
June 27 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a zendo talk
July 4 - Closed for the holiday
Tuesdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Zoom & In-person at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed June 8 & July 27
Thursdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Zoom & In-Person at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed July 29
Other Virtual Activities: Buddhist Book Group, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, on Zoom June 18, July 16 (Zoom)
Louisville Zen Center