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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.

JANUARY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

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

PEACEFUL FOREST TIM SCHORRE

Co–Leader of Entering the Path of Practice,
Former President & Head Monk of HZC
& Architect
Sunday, January 10

JUDSON Way of Balance DUNN

Vice–President &
Membership Secretary of HZC,
Member of Kaleidoscope & Technology Committees
Sunday, January 17

MARY CAROL EDWARDS

Most Recent Head Monk
of HZC,
Wetlands Restoration Leader
& Parent
Sunday, January 24

JITSUDO TOM BIDDLE

Member of HZC Board of Directors,
Head of Work Practice,
Senior HZC Member
Sunday, January 31

FEBRUARY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, February 7

DAN Walking in Faith LE

Co–Leader of Introduction to Zen class,
Member of Kaleidoscope & Technology committees
Sunday, February 14

TENSHIN REB ANDERSON ROSHI

Senior Dharma Teacher,
San Francisco Zen Center,
Founder of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, February 21

BRAD WARNER

Soto Zen monk, author,
blogger, documentarian &
punk rock musician from
Dogen Sangha Los Angeles
Sunday, February 28