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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 October and 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.

JULY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

LEO GOLUB

Zen Practitioner, Member of HZC Finance Committee,
Parent & Advisor
Sunday, July 6

REV. MAKO VOELKEL & REV. GRAHAM ROSS

Zen Priests, Co–Tantos (Head of Practice) at
Austin Zen Center
Sunday, July 13

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, July 20

REV. GREG FAIN

Zen Priest, Tanto (Head of Practice) at Tassajara
Zen Mountain Center
Sunday, July 27

AUGUST
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, August 3

MATT Radiant Cloud BROWNLIE

Senior Practitioner, Parent & Musician
Sunday, August 10

KOGEN GLEN DUVAL

Teacher, Tanto (Head of Practice) of HZC
Sunday, August 17

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, August 24

MARY Shinji EDWARDS

Senior Practitioner, Landscape Designer &
Parent
Sunday, August 31