Virtual Zendo

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: October 11, November 29    

Upcoming Introduction to Zen, Part 2: October 18, December 6

​For continuing meditation questions, group instruction is recommended. Group instruction occurs during formal sitting.  Upcoming Group Instruction: October 15, October 25, November 5, November 15

For matters too complex, time-consuming, or personal for group instruction, one-to-one advising is suggested. Those  who've attended the Introduction to Zen (or equivalent) and group instruction may participate.  Advising must be scheduled so e-mail the Center for an appointment.  Advising is currently scheduled on Tuesdays between 5:30 and 6:15 pm.

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 on pages 34 and 36 of our chant book.


October 4 - closed for RZC 5-day Sesshin with Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
October 11 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin
October 18 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk
October 25- three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction

November 1 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk

​November 8 - closed for RZC 5-day Sesshin with Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
November 15 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction
November 22 - zazen, break, and Annual Sangha Meeting
November 29 - three rounds of zazen with kinhin

Tuesdays: three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; closed Oct. 6 and Nov. 10

Thursdays: two and a half 30-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction on Oct. 15 and Nov. 5

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?