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INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION
with Assistant Teacher Cathy Crouch
  • First* Wednesday Evening
  • A brief and friendly introduction to meditation at Zen Center. See also the 5–week series taught by the Abbot.
  • 6:30–7:45 pm Introduction to Zen Sitting
  • *In December, the Introduction takes place on the Second Wednesday.
picture of Gaelyn Godwin and Sojun Mel Weitsman at Houston Zen Center

PRACTICE

We use the word practice to refer to meditation and meditative activity. To practice Zen is, first, to meditate – we practice sitting and walking meditation. The main practice times are in the morning and afternoon during the week. On Sunday, our main community day, we start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, (also known as soji in Japanese), which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall (zendo) and the Center’s grounds. Then there is a dharma talk. The word dharma means in this case Zen teachings, or the teachings of Buddha. It could be translated as Zen sermon. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. When you arrive, you may ask for the Ino, the head of the meditation hall, who will assist you, or you can explore on your own.

AUGUST
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. KISHIN ERIC ARBITER

Zen Priest and Musician
Sunday, August 2

ZENGETSU VICKI GLENN

Ino/Head of the Meditation Hall, Sewing Teacher &
Music Teacher
Sunday, August 9

KOUN MATT BROWNLIE

Long–time Zen Practitioner
& Parent
Sunday, August 16

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, August 23

REV. RUSAN DALE KENT

Zen Priest, Tai Chi Teacher
& Tenzo
Sunday, August 30

SEPTEMBER
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. YAZAN DAVE JOHNSON

Zen Priest and Scientist
Sunday, September 6

BUSEN BASIA SOBASZKIEWICZ

HZC Shika/Guest Manager
& Therapist
Sunday, September 13

HOKYO LOUISE DREYFUS

Dharma Entrusted Teacher
& Therapist
Sunday, September 20

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, September 27