In this class we sit quietly.
We see how sitting quietly is, in fact, to be quiet in regards of the constant need to become quiet. We see how sitting in the midst of both silence and noise, is the “true” silence we can sit in. We don’t ask for silence – we practice it.
In this regard, our weekly sessions are dedicated to a compassionate form of sitting – one in which we sit with whatever arises in the moment of sitting; not trying to replace it nor to ignore it. We simply try to be a good host to our many guests of Mind. To see whatever comes right now. To be open and warm towards it. This is called “shikantaza”, or “simply to sit”. It is also known as “Zazen” or “Zen Sitting”.
Our weekly sessions offer a convenient environment for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner to come and sit together. Each class begins with a short instruction regarding the traditional form of sitting, and a the manner by which to perform the ritual of “Zen Sitting” (zazen). Periodically, some classes provide with an introduction to the many foundational aspects of traditional Soto Zen. Most of the times we simply sit together quietly for the whole session. On other occasions we discuss such concepts as “Vipassana”, “Samatha”, “Shikan meditation”, “samadhi”, and more. Also, special one day sitting sessions and intense sitting sessions are offered periodically and involve the learning of the teachings of the 13th Zen Master, Eihei Dogen, the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. All are welcome.
Zazen Sangha – Every Friday 10:15-10:50