Introduction to Zen Meditation
For newcomers to Zen, Introductory Workshops are held over two Saturdays six times a year at our Onehunga zendo in Auckland. Even if you have practised elsewhere, attendance is recommended, as a way of getting a solid introduction to our style of Zen.
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Introduction to Zen Meditation Classes for 2015
Booking is essential. (Please call 550 4383 if signing up after noon on the Friday just prior to the workshop).
The workshop starts at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome and talk by Sensei Amala Wrightson on the basic principles of Zen Buddhism. At 10 a.m. we move to the floor for detailed instruction on the sitting postures employed in Zen meditation (zazen). Besides the traditional Lotus posture, other cross-legged positions as well as Japanese-style kneeling or seiza, and the use of a chair are shown. Mindfulness of breathing is demonstrated, as well as walking meditation (kinhin), and procedures for group sitting. How to bring meditative awareness and mindfulness into one's daily activities is also discussed.
Following morning tea at 11:00, participants sit for two short guided periods of zazen, during which each person's sitting posture receives individual attention. The morning ends with a Q&A focusing on practical issues that arose during the meditation sessions, wrapping up before 12:30.
The second workshop, also starting at 9:00 a.m., opens with a guided tour/orientation to the Centre, a review of the procedures for group sitting, and how to go to a private interview with the teacher (dokusan). This is followed by two periods of zazen with kinhin (walking meditation), again with individual attention to posture, and an opportunity to see the teacher in dokusan.
Following morning tea at 10:30, participants learn some simple stretching exercises helpful for developing the flexibility needed for cross-legged postures. Then there's one more period of zazen, with another chance to see the teacher in dokusan for those who missed out earlier. The morning wraps up with tips on getting a regular sitting practice going, discussion of how to work with some of the common pitfalls faced by beginners, and a general Q & A.
Information for Participants
Cost and payment options for the two-part workshop
Please pay in advance to secure your place in the workshop.
Suggested amount for the two parts:
In event of financial hardship please pay what you can afford.
Internet transfers to Auckland Zen Centre, Kiwibank #38 9005 035812500 (please specify "workshop" in the payment process). Information about other payment options here.
The Zen Centre relies on workshop fees and donations to cover expenses. Donations are tax-deductible.