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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.

MAY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, May 1

DAIGAKU RUMMÉ, Roshi

Former Abbot of Soto Zen North America
& Guiding Teacher of St. Louis Zen Center
Sunday, May 8

LYNN MURPHY

HZC Member & Psychotherapist
Sunday, May 15

JITSUDO TOM BIDDLE

HZC Board Member
Sunday, May 22

SENGETSU TRICIA McFARLIN

President of HZC Board
Teacher of Literature
Sunday, May 29

JUNE
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

HOGETSU RICK MITCHELL

Shuso/Head Student of the 2016 Practice Period
Sunday, June 5

ZENKI CHRISTIAN DILLO

Zen Priest & Head Teacher of Crestone Zen Mountain Center
Sunday, June 12

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of
Houston Zen Center
Sunday, June 19

YAZAN DAVE JOHNSON

Zen Priest, Scientist and Teacher
Sunday, June 26