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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.

APRIL
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, April 6

PARMITA BAIRI DERDEN

Secretary of the Board of HZC
Senior Practitioner
Sunday, April 13

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

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

BROTHER CHISING

Guiding Teacher of
Dallas Meditation Center
Sunday, April 27

MAY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. KISHIN ERIC ARBITER

Zen Priest, Musician &
Senior Practitioner of HZC
Sunday, May 4

RICK Hogetsu MITCHELL

Former HZC Board Member, Writer, Musician & Parent
Sunday, May 11

REV. HOZAN ALAN SENAUKE

Co–Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, Peace and Justice Activist & Musician
Sunday, May 18

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, May 25