Sittings occur daily at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) in the Audubon neighborhood minutes from University of Louisville. Every week others may join remotely. Here is how to prepare for our virtual sits and meditation instruction.
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.
Virtual Meditation Instruction
Those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with the Center are invited to our Introduction to Zen Meditation. Begins 5:15; break at 6:15; group sit at 6:30; tea & wrap-up 7:55 - 8:15 pm. Contact us to sign up.
Upcoming Introduction to Zen Meditation: January 31, February 17
For ongoing advice and encouragement in an informal, support group-style setting, Finding Your Seat (FYS) is recommended. FYS meets on occasional Wednesdays at 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Upcoming FYS: Jan. 6, Jan. 27, Feb. 10
For continuing meditation questions and other individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting during formal sittings, group instruction is recommended. Upcoming Group Instruction: Jan. 24, Feb. 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 e-mail the Center for an appointment. Advising is usually scheduled on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:15 pm.
Virtual Group Sits: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday evenings
6:15 pm - Zoom arrival & Informal Sitting
The virtual 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 until 7:55 then optional tea until 8:15 pm
January 3 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a zendo talk
January 10 - closed for RZC 7-Day Rohatsu Sesshin
January 17 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
January 24 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
January 31 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
February 7 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a zendo talk
February 14 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
February 21 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
February 28 - closed for RZC 4-day online sesshin
Tuesdays: group sit until 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm
40-minute sit with posture change halfway, 7-minute kinhin, then 20-minute sit; closed Jan. 12
Thursdays: group sit until 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm
Two 30-minute sits with a 6-minute kinhin; closed Dec. 31 (for New Year's Eve at RZC) & Jan. 14
Want more virtual sits?
Louisville Zen Center