Zazen means “seated mind.” It is the heart of Zen practice, offering a means to become aware of our true nature. It is, as Zen Master Dogen says, “to take the backward step, turning the light inward, illuminating the self.”
Beginning Instruction is offered by request to those who are new to meditation or to Zen practice, or to anyone who would like a refresher. Recommendations are given for developing a stable and comfortable sitting posture, as well as instruction on meditation technique and zendo etiquette.
Dharma Talks are offered on Sunday mornings. They may focus on a traditional Zen teaching or koan, offer a perspective on working with our minds and emotions, or relate the teachings to a contemporary issue.
Daisan (face-to-face meetings with the teacher) are an integral part of Zen training. They are an opportunity to receive individualized guidance on meditation practice, koan study, or bringing the dharma into our everyday life.