Introduction for Beginners is offered by request on the First Saturday of the Month beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. (Note: July's Intro will be the Second Saturday, July 11) This introduction will last approximately an hour and will include zazen instruction. It is an opportunity to meet a priest from Ashland Zen Center and ask questions about practice.
Be prepared in a quiet room with no other responsibilities for the duration. Fill out the request form below.
On Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm, a priest would be happy to offer you zazen instruction. This will take about a half an hour and will end in time for you to stretch and return for the Wednesday evening period of zazen beginning at 7:10 pm. Request zazen instruction here
A beginner's introduction to Zen Practice is offered Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. throughout the year, during Ashland Zen Center's scheduled calendar. Check calendar
For visitors, a suggested donation is $5 - $20.
On March 21, Ashland Zen Center is offering an event just for beginners. Beginner's Zen Buddhism
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.
If you arrive at Ashland Zen Center by car, park facing away from the buildings, and either leave your phone there or silence it before entering the temple. A bicycle rack is available at the far end of the parking lot.
The zendo is in the front house - 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.