What to Expect at a Zen Liturgical Service:

 

Please arrive at 9:45am so you can remove your shoes, settle your belongings, make introductions and find a seat in the Zendo before service. We begin promptly at 10am. Once the service has begun, we do not enter the Zendo again until break time. So, if you are late,  please take a seat out in the living room until someone comes to get you during a break. 

Clothing that is clean, dark in color (preferably black),  comfortable, unrestrictive and Modest is requested.  Shorts, tank tops and anything spandex are not appropriate for either gender. Jeans or regular pants with a belt may feel quite uncomfortable and tend to compromise circulation. Remember that you are going to be sitting still--cross-legged, elevated on a meditation platform for most of the 90 minute service. 

If you are a newcomer to the practice of meditation, you may wish to watch some videos and begin practicing at home a bit before you attend. Our meditation periods are about 20-25 minutes long, broken up by 10 minutes of walking meditation, Tea Service, and Dharma Talk.  90 minutes can seem like a long time to sit still if you've never experienced that amount of stillness before, so having some practice time behind you will be helpful. Instructions are repeated during the service.

Instructions for Zazen meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_djWyC1-_4

Instructions for Kinhin walking meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7-127madI