Getting Started

Meditation has many proven benefits. More energy, more concentration, more peace, more love, more joy, more presence, more kindness…

The Wednesday afternoon classes at the center offer a great way to get support in starting a practice. The modules are not sequential and roll around week by week, so you can turn up any Wednesday and start right away.

The word “Zen” derives from “dhyana” in Sanskrit, which means “meditation” or “absorption.” The word became “Channa” or “Chan” in Chinese, then “Zen” in Japanese. Zen is a form of Buddhist meditation—there is nothing to believe in, and nothing special to do or be—no special robes, no shaved heads (unless that’s what you happen to want), no special anything. We simply sit down on a cushion or chair and learn to pay attention to what is going on.

Many people have extolled the virtues and benefits of meditation, and its capacity to turn a human life around in positive ways. For millennia some people have discovered this for themselves. In recent decades the latest neuroimaging technology has been confirming what meditators have always claimed: that there may be nothing so reliably and dependably helpful for a human being as a regular meditation practice.

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