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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.

APRIL
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. YAZAN DAVE JOHNSON

Zen Priest, Scientist, Teacher & Parent
Sunday, April 5

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, April 12

TRICIA Sengetsu McFARLIN, Ph.D.

Teacher & President of the Board of HZC
Sunday, April 19

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, April 26

MAY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

REV. KISHIN ERIC ARBITER

Zen Priest, Musician & Parent
Sunday, May 3

REV. DOJIN SARAH EMERSON

Zen Priest, Therapist & Parent
Sunday, May 10

RICK Dharma Moon MITCHELL

Writer, Teacher & Parent
Sunday, May 17

TIM Peaceful Forest SCHORRE

Former Board President, Architect & Parent
Sunday, May 24

BRANDON Inkstone Ocean LAMSON, Ph.D.

Poet, Teacher & Leader of Dharma Punx
Sunday, May 31