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MEDITATION CLASSES: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

Meditation Classes are being held on the campus of FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH of LAS CRUCES 1809 El Paseo Rd. on Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm.   We practice for two 20 minute seated meditation periods with mindful walking and question/answer period in-between.There are comfortable chairs available for meditation, and you are welcome to bring your own cushion/bench if you choose. 

If you are a newcomer, please contact Rev. Hilbert for details (at least one day ahead) prior to your first visit for exact location.

Clothing: clean, modest attire is expected. (Please: no spandex, shorts or tank tops). Dark colors are traditional in Zen. Comfortable, non-restrictive apparel is recommended for your comfort, but we understand if you are coming  straight from work! 

$5 cash donation to the Church for space rental each meeting (unable to take checks or credit cards).

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early--we start and end on time. 

THURSDAY ONLINE STUDY GROUP (limited space, this class is currently full)

THURSDAYS 5:30-6:30 MOUNTAIN TIME. Google Hangouts Video Chat Study Group for Intermediate Level Students (e.g. studying for Jukai or UnSui). In-depth, engaged-practice-oriented study of various texts with expectation of  commitment to personal practice by each student outside of group meetings. Conjoint weekly Sanzen meetings available. Monthly Dana to teacher suggested via Paypal.

Members must have a WORKING CAMERA and earbuds/headset. CURRENT BOOK:  Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings in the Practice of Lojong by Norman Fischer--available on Amazon. 

Sunday Liturgical Service 10:15-11:15am

Meeting in the Parlor at First Christian Church of Las Cruces, 1809 El Paseo Rd.

Soto Zen Liturgical Service: Chanting and two periods of Zazen. Interactive Dharma Talk based on current group reading, and socialization at lunch after the service (local restaurants) . Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings in the Practice of Lojong by Norman Fischer--available on Amazon.

The Parlor has comfortable seating and you are invited to bring your own cushion/bench as well. Traditional Zen protocol applies. 

Donations (cash) are requested at each Service in order for us to sustain our rental contract for space to practice at this facility. We are currently renting on a trial basis to see if this plan works out for us financially. 

Newcomers please contact Shukke-sensei (at least one day ahead) to discuss protocol and exact location.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early as we only have the space for one hour and would like to start on time. _/\_

Previously discussed books:  The Heart of Being, Daido Loori-roshi, Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution, David Loy, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg, Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken-roshi,  Everyday Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck, Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life - Ezra Bayda, The Chocolate Cake Sutra, Geri Larkin, The Issue at Hand - Gil Fronsdal, Unhindered: A Mindful Path Through the Five Hindrances, Gil Fronsdal.        

FUSATSU Liturgical Service is held each month on the Sunday nearest the full moon. This special service includes the renewal of our Bodhisattva Vows, a personal cleansing and renewal ceremony aimed at leaving our accumulated attachments behind, and recitation of The Kannon Sutra. (1/14, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/10, 7/15, 8/12, 9/9, 10/7, 11/11, 12/9).

For more information on content of service look under Teachings: What to Expect at a Zen Liturgical Service


Students who are seeking to enter the Buddha Way and wish to study formally with a teacher in our lineage are invited to request this status with Shukke-sensei. An individualized plan of study will be created according to the student's needs and interests, including private meetings to discuss the student's practice: Sanzen. Students in this category are typically aiming to take Buddhist Vows--Kie San Bo (The Three Refuges) and possibly Jukai (The Bodhisattva Precepts). Local students become integrated into the Sangha and attend Liturgical Services, study group and intensive practice events for several months prior to becoming a private student. Online distance-students are sometimes accepted for this initial lay study with some face-to-face contact expected to complete Jukai. Post-preceptor study requires face-to-face training and is not done long-distance.

For More Information...

Rev. Kathryn Shukke Hilbert-sensei, Abbot                     (575) 644-4526


DAIBUTSUJI is the home of The Order of Clear Mind Zen, founded by Rev. Dr. Harvey Daiho Hilbert roshi.  We are an Engaged Zen Buddhist training and practice Order in the lineage of Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi, the first Soto Zen Master to establish the practice of Zen in the United States. 

We are a small local Sangha-without-walls committed to serving the needs of new as well as established Zen practitioners. We offer private Zen study, Ordination Training, Retreats, a variety of engaged practice opportunities, Buddhist Weddings/Commitment Ceremonies, Funeral, Memorial, and Affirmation of Life Services, Ordinations, and various other ceremonies, by request. 

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Meditating on Buddhism by Jinzu Mitchell

Meditating on Buddhism by Jinzu Mitchell