Dharma Rain - Zen Meditation Workshops
Several times a month, practical workshops are offered to the general public.
They are offered without charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
There is no need to register or bring anything other than comfortable clothing.
Please check the current calendar for scheduling
details. Workshops are usually offered at the Dharma
Workshop: Zen Meditation
The primary practice in Zen Buddhism is zazen,
which means “sitting meditation.” The Zen Meditation workshop
is designed for complete beginners, but it is also recommended for anyone
who has not received instruction in the Soto Zen style of zazen. No previous
experience is necessary. The workshop presents the purpose of zazen,
fundamentals of posture, and specific techniques, including how to modify
posture for physical limitations. The workshop includes
meditation and an opportunity to ask questions.
Workshop: Starting A Practice
This workshop offers tips on starting
a practice. It emphasizes the way we can cultivate insight by looking
our own actions
in the light of the Buddhist Precepts, the importance of compassion
in Zen practice, and how the principles of meditation apply to every
Some time is spent on the forms used at the Zen Center. This includes
an explanation of the altar and other items found in the zendo (meditation
hall), and the use of chanting, bowing, and other practices encountered
during retreats and services.
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