Our sitting time starts at 10:30 AM on Saturday mornings.
Please do not arrive any later than 5 minutes before the sitting starts.
The 2nd floor door of the Centennial Lounge (our usual room within the
Knox) will be closed at 10:30 AM and re-opened after the 30 minutes sitting
session. If you arrive late, you will have to wait outside until 11 AM
when the Dharma Talk starts.
Anyone is welcome anytime to join our regular sittings. We begin each sitting with three bows to acknowledge and show respect to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. This is then followed by a 30 minute sitting in quiet, unguided meditation. After the sitting, the teacher will often give a talk about Zen practice (also known as a "Dharma Talk"). Once the Dharma Talk is over, feel free to ask questions and participate in any discussions that might arise.
Prior to entering the Centennial Lounge, we kindly ask that you remove your shoes and leave them outside of the room as our Sangha tries to keep our rental space as clean as possible. And while our regular Saturday sittings and teachings are free, we welcome donations to our Dana box to help cover the cost of the room rental.
You may also find this PDF helpful: What to Prepare for Zen Class
THE BEGINNERS CLASS
Our Sangha usually offers the
Beginners Class once each year. Don't worry if you miss this course - you are welcome to attend our regular sittings without having to
go through the class. However, our teacher recommends that you take the time to
browse through the past lessons notes to have a provisional understanding of our
The Beginners Class was first taught in the Fall of 2009 to provide a foundation for the beginner's practice and understanding of Zen. Below are examples of what has been taught previously:
Lesson 2 - The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
MORE LESSONS FOR FURTHERING YOUR PRACTICE
Several of our practicing members have graciously allowed us to post lessons they have delivered at past sittings:
Suffering and Impermanence - Jeff Knievel
Surrender - Jeff Knievel
ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS' COURSE
Once in a while, we offer an Advance Practitioner's Course for those members who have a regular Zen practice and have mastered the foundations of Zen. This course is by invitation of the teacher to those who are ready and is usually comprised of those who have already taken the Three Gems and Five Precepts (although sometimes exceptions are made).
Here is a glimpse of the topics covered in the last class taught by Lotus:
And excerpts of some handouts provided in that class:
Register for next Beginners Class,
our 10-Week Foundation Course
on Zen Meditation and Practice
(February 2 - April 6, 2019)