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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.

AUGUST
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, August 3

MARY Shinji EDWARDS

Senior Practitioner, Landscape Designer &
Parent
Sunday, August 10

KOGEN GLEN DUVAL

Teacher, Tanto (Head of Practice) of HZC
Sunday, August 17

VICKI Zengetsu GLENN

President of the Board of HZC, Music Teacher & Sewing Teacher
Sunday, August 24

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

Abbot and Abiding Teacher of Houston Zen Center
Sunday, August 31

SEPTEMBER
DHARMA TALKS

9:45 AM Sunday

DOJIN SARAH EMERSON, Sensei

Zen Priest, Abiding Teacher of Stone Creek Zen Center
Sunday, September 7

ROBERT Meikyo ROSENBAUM

Lay Entrusted Dharma Teacher, Qigong & Tai Chi Teacher, Parent & Psychologist
Sunday, September 14

SETSUAN GAELYN GODWIN, Sensei

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

LOUISE Hokyo DREYFUS

Lay Entrusted Dharma Teacher, Psychotherapist,
Parent & Artist
Sunday, September 28