Zazen (seated meditation,) the heart of Zen practice, integrates body, breath, and mind, allowing us to enter into deep silence and stillness moment after moment. Kinhin (walking meditation) is the practice of meditation in activity, coordinating our breath with the movement of our feet and connecting our body firmly to the ground.
Besides zazen and kinhin, we also study the dharma (Buddhist teachings), participate in services of chanting and bowing, and share community meals and work practice together. All of these activities encourage and develop our ability to meet each moment of our everyday lives with attention and kindness.
For meditation, loose comfortable clothing that modestly covers arms and legs is most suitable. Cushions and chairs are provided for sitting. As a courtesy, please arrive ten or fifteen minutes before the beginning of meditation or other sangha activities.
Tuesday evenings in Purchase: 7:00-8:30pm
Please arrive by 6:50. Two periods of zazen, kinhin, short talk, discussion, chanting and bowing, leave in silence. First Tuesday of each month is silent: no short talk or discussion.
Thursday evenings in Old Greenwich: 7:00-8:30pm
Please arrive by 6:50. Introductory instruction available--please arrive by 6:40 for instruction. Two periods of zazen, kinhin, short talk, discussion, chanting and bowing.
(We are usually closed on the Thursday before a holiday weekend; please check Calendar page of this site for specific dates.)
Saturday mornings in Purchase: 8:00-10:00AM
Please arrive by 7:50. Two periods of zazen, kinhin, morning service, work practice.
Check Calendar page for activities following this schedule, and for half-day and one-day retreats and sesshin.