Getting Started

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

The easiest way to get started in a meditation practice and find out if it’s for you, is to come by on a Wednesday afternoon at 5pm for the 70-minute Intro to Zen class. We run these weekly and year-round.

The Intro course is six weeks long, but it’s not sequential: it rolls around so you can turn up any week and start right away, and pick up the material from the other classes whenever you’re able to come by on other Wednesdays.

“Zen” simply means “meditation.” The word derives from the Sanskrit “dhyana,” which 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 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. Recently, the latest neuro-imaging 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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