For Beginners

Introduction to Zen Practice

Everyone is welcome at Ashland Zen Center.

 

An introduction to Zen Practice is offered for beginners each Wednesday at 6:20 p.m.

 

For visitors, a suggested donation is $5 - $20.

 

 

 

Visiting Ashland Zen Center for the First Time

Anyone can meditate.

 

Whether or not you are flexible, have the ability to sit cross-legged, or can get up and down off the floor on your knees does not limit you. If you wish to sit zazen, please join us.

 

 

Sitting in a chair, on a bench or on a cushion are all equally beneficial practices. One is not better than another.

 

Helpful Hints for First Timers

If you arrive at Ashland Zen Center by car, park facing away from the temple buildings, and either leave your phone there or silence it before entering the temple.

 

The bicycle rack is in front of the sangha room building, which is straight ahead in the parking lot.

 

The zendo is in the front house, and we enter through the front door, closest to the street. There is a shoe rack on the front porch. Shoes are removed before entering the building.

 

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Jeans are difficult to sit in, and shorts and tank tops are not considered appropriate attire in the zendo.

 

Typically, members will be in their seats 5-10 minutes before the first period scheduled.

 

Morning practice at Ashland Zen Center sometimes includes two periods of zazen (seated meditation), with kinhin (walking meditaiton) in between. At the beginning and end of kinhin, the door will be opened briefly. Some members leave at this time to go to work, family, school or other obligations. Kinhin is also when some people use the bathroom.

 

Supporting the Practice

 

If you come to Ashland Zen Center and like what you experience, help pay it forward to the next person who comes through the door.

 

There is a wooden donation box on the wall in the entry room, if you feel moved to give. For visiters, a suggested donation is $5 - $20.

 

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