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.
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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. 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: May 2, June 13
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. Upcoming FYS: May 26; paused for summer
For continuing meditation questions and other individualized instruction and guidance in a group setting during sittings, group instruction is recommended. Upcoming Group Instruction: May 16, June 20
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 usually scheduled Tuesdays 5:30 - 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 6:30 - 7:55 then optional tea until 8:15 pm
May 2 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
May 9 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
May 16 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
May 23 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins
May 30 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a zendo talk
June 6 - closed for RZC 5-day online sesshin led by Sensei Amala Wrightson
June 13 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; Intro to Zen at 5:15 pm
June 20 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes group instruction
June 27 - three 25-minute sits with two 5-minute kinhins; includes a zendo talk
Tuesdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit; closed June 8
Thursdays: group sit 6:30 - 7:40 then optional tea until 8 pm
30-minute sit, 6-minute kinhin, then 30-minute sit
Other Virtual Activities: Buddhist Book Group, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, May 21, June 18
Louisville Zen Center