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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.

OCTOBER
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

GAYLE Jika KLAYBOR

Senior Zen practitioner, Psychotherapist & Parent
Sunday, October 5

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, October 12

PEACEFUL FOREST TIM SCHORRE

Former Tanto (Head of Practice) of HZC,
Architect & Parent
Sunday, October 19

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, October 26

NOVEMBER
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

PETER COYOTE

Zen Priest, Activist & Actor
Sunday, November 2

TRICIA Sengetsu McFARLIN, Ph.D.

Vice–President of the Board & Literature Teacher
Sunday, November 9

RUSAN DALE KENT

Zen Priest, Author & Tai Chi Teacher
Sunday, November 16

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, November 30

COLIN GIPSON

Zen Priest & Abiding Teacher of the San Antonio Zen Center
Sunday, November 30