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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 4

KAZ TANAHASHI

Artist, Peace Activist, Translator,
Great Friend of HZC
Sunday, January 11

REV. HONDO DAVE RUTSCHMAN

Zen Priest, Parent & Grief Counselor
Sunday, January 18

REV. KOSHO McCALL

Abiding Teacher of
Austin Zen Center
Sunday, January 25

FEBRUARY
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

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

STEPHANIE THOMAS

Houston Zen Center Member
Sunday, February 8

TENSHIN REB ANDERSON, ROSHI

Senior Dharma Teacher of
San Francisco Zen Center Sunday, February 15

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, February 22