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.
Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving). We suggest non-members give $5 via Paypal when they visit us 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: November 29, January 24
Upcoming Introduction to Zen, Part 2: December 6, January 31
For continuing meditation questions, group instruction is recommended. Group instruction occurs during formal sitting. Upcoming Group Instruction: December 17, December 27
New! 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: December 9, December 23
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) 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.
November 29 - three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin
December 6 - three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk
December 13 - three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin
December 20 - three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes a zendo talk
December 27 - three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; includes group instruction
Tuesdays: three 25-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin
Thursdays: two and a half 30-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin; with group instruction on Dec. 17; closed Nov. 26 & Dec. 24
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.
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