Interested in meditation?
1. Sign up for the Zen Sun Weekly. Receive an original Zen teaching every Sunday
along with practice tips & news of upcoming events and practice opportunities.
Archived excerpts here.
2. Drop in for silent meditation offered every morning, 8-8:20AM MT / 10-10:20AM ET. Details here.
3. Become a Zen student. I am currently available to work with a small number of students. There is no fee; the only requirement is sincerity. For a more detailed view of what Zen practice looks like, check out What does it mean to be a Zen practitioner?
You may also be interested in this recent exploration of the Ten Oxherding Pictures.
The central concern of Zen practice is the pressing mystery of being alive. What am I doing here? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why is there so much suffering in the world? If everything is continually coming into existence and going out of existence, what's the point? Who am I in the deepest sense?
Zen practice has, for centuries, allowed people to make peace with these and other great questions. The teachings have roots in ancient India with teacher-student transmission allowing this unique tradition to spread, adapting and evolving, to China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, North America, South America, Australia, and Europe.
Those who practice with patience and persistence report deep and subtle shifts in how they experience themselves and the world. Life may begin to feel more like a work of art and less like an equation to be solved. Joy tends to visit more frequently, and often for no discernible reason. Ordinary activities—washing the dishes, taking out the garbage, walking the dog—acquire the gleam of the extraordinary. Goals and dreams remain important, but they lose their desperate edge. Fear of death is mitigated. One tends to experience a greater sense of intimacy with people, places, and things. And the work one is called upon to do in the world becomes more informed and nourished by the direct experience of a shared ground of being.
In Zen, the core practice is seated & silent meditation, also known as zazen. The larger terrain of practice includes working with a teacher, sitting with others, koan introspection, mindfulness, art practice, body practice, work practice, precepts practice, service, and retreat practice. If you feel a connection to this, or if you already resonate with the teachings of Zen Buddhism, and would like explore further, make it so.