When to come:
Our practice periods are Wednesday evenings. Please use the contact page or email to let us know you plan to attend, and then arrive as arranged for an orientation.
If you are new to Zen:
These Wednesday night orientations offer brief introductions to zazen (the Zen style of meditation), to postures that will help you sit comfortably and in stillness, to meditation hall etiquette, to Zen liturgy, and to the Boundless Way Zen school. If any of that is new to you, please consider coming to an orientation!
Since several people may attend these orientations and there is a good bit of material to be covered in a brief period of time, please make every effort to arrive promptly, out of courtesy to your fellow attendees.
If you’d like to get a jumpstart on the orientation and to get a full sense of the Dharma Wheel Asanga approach to Zen, please listen to one or more of these introductory talks given by former teacher Josh Bartok:
You may also want to read this book:
- Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Buksbazen
If you are experienced in Zen:
If you are comfortable with stillness and are familiar with meditation in the Zen tradition and with Zen liturgy–you are welcome to just show up and dive in. Nonetheless, we do encourage even old hands to come for an orientation, if only to introduce yourself and get acquainted.
Is it free?
All orientations and all regular practice sessions are offered free of charge.
If you are looking only for relaxation: You may find it more fruitful to explore a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Zen practice may lead to relaxation–but then again, it may not. The Zen tradition regards relaxation as a potential side-effect, and not so much as the goal of practice. But if you are looking to learn a variety of techniques that might help you relax, a fabulous book you may enjoy is Meditation & Relaxation in Plain English, by Bob Sharples.