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: August 15 (Zoom), September 12 (In-person at IBY)
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
For continuing meditation questions and other individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting, group instruction is recommended. Upcoming Group Instruction (In-person at IBY): August 29, September 19
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: 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 (via Zoom until Aug. 22, then in-person at IBY)
July 25 - Closed for sesshin
August 1 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
August 8 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
August 15 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
August 22 - Grand Re-opening to in-person Sunday activities at Infinite Bliss Yoga, 1507 Bardstown Rd!
August 29 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction at 5:30 pm
September 5 - Closed for the holiday
September 12 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
September 19 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction at 5:30 pm
September 26 - To be announced
Tuesdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Hybrid at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed July 27, September 28
Thursdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm (Hybrid at HPWZ)
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed July 29, September 30
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