Meditation & Instruction
We have three venues for our activities - Zoom, Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ), and Infinite Bliss Yoga (IBY).
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 (Zoom): October 10, November 14
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: TBD
For continuing meditation questions and other individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting, group instruction is recommended. Upcoming Group Instruction (Zoom): October 17, November 21
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 (Hybrid at HPWZ)
Meditation: Sundays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
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 Zen talk (reading from a Dharma text or other practice encouragement) by our group leader, or recorded teisho (Dharma talk by a Zen teacher in our lineage 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)
October 3 - sitting, kinhin, then hearing a recorded teisho
October 10 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes Zen talk; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
October 17 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
October 24 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; broadcasting from Rochester Zen Center
October 31 - Closed for Hybrid Weekend Meditation Intensive led by Sensei John Pulleyn
November 7 - sitting, kinhin, then hearing a recorded teisho
November 14 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
November 21 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
November 28 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes Zen talk
Tuesdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Hybrid at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 7-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed October 19
Thursdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Hybrid at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 7-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed October 21
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