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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.

JUNE
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. KOKYO HENKEL

Zen Priest, Head Teacher Santa Cruz Zen Center
Sunday, June 7

REV. DOJIN SARAH EMERSON

Zen Priest and co–Head Teacher at Stone Creek Zen Center & Parent
Sunday, June 14

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, June 21

REV. ZENKI CHRISTIAN DILLO

Zen Priest, Teacher from Crestone Mountain Zen Center
Sunday, June 28

JULY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, July 5

SHINJI MARY CAROL EDWARDS

Shuso/Head Student of the Practice Period, Wetlands Restoration Bodhisattva, & Parent
Sunday, July 12

KOGEN GLEN DUVAL

Tanto/Head of Practice & Assistant Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, July 19

REV. ZENSHIN GREG FAIN

Zen Priest, Tanto/Head of Practice of Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery
Sunday, July 26