Virtual Zendo  New!

Sittings occur daily at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) in the Audubon neighborhood minutes from University of Louisville. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays others may join remotely. 

There is no charge for participating.  Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving).  We suggest non-members give $5 via the Paypal button but any contribution, large or small, 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 membership.

Here's how to prepare for virtual sits.  Group practice usually follows the schedule below.

​​5:30 pm – Instruction Period

Those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with the Center are invited to our Introduction to Zen. Instruction begins 5:30; break at 6:15; practice is 6:30; tea & wrap-up 8 - 8:30 pm. Contact the Center to sign up. 

​​Upcoming Introduction to Zen, Part 1: July 12      

Upcoming Introduction to Zen, Part 2: July 19

New! Finding Your Seat (FYS). Newcomers welcome! Although Zen practice is simple and direct, it’s not easy, and getting into the habit of daily sitting can be difficult. Finding Your Seat can help with that! FYS is a chance to meet with our group leader to discuss meditation posture, practice, Center procedures, and how to get your Zen practice started. Upcoming FYS:  to be announced

​For continuing meditation questions, group instruction is recommended. Group instruction occurs during formal sitting.  Upcoming Group Instruction: July 16, July 26

For matters too complex, time-consuming, or personal for group instruction, individual advising is suggested. Those who have attended the Introduction to Zen (or equivalent) and group instruction may participate. Contact the Center to schedule one-to-one advising with our group leader.

6:00 pm - Informal Sitting

The zendo opens to "study the self" through informal sitting.  During 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 Sitting

Includes varying combinations of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), live zendo talk (reading from a Dharma text and/or other practice encouragement) by our group leader, or recorded teisho (Dharma talk by one of our Zen teachers on a koan, text, article, or sutra).  After formal sittings we chant the 4 Bodhisattvic Vows. Before teisho we recite Master Hakuin's Chant in Praise of Zazen. These can be found here.

​​June 7 - zazen, kinhin, and Dharma talk by Virtual Guest Teacher, Eryl Kubicka
June 14 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin
June 21 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk
June 28 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction

July 5 - zazen, kinhin, and Dharma talk by Virtual Guest Teacher, Venerable Trueman Taylor

July 12 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin
July 19 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk
July 26 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction

Tuesdays: three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin. Closed July 28.

Thursdays: two and a half 30-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction July 16; closed July 30.

8:00 - 8:30 pm - Tea (optional)

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.​  ​

​​Want more virtual sits?