Walker, there is no path. The path is made by walking. ~ Antonio Machado
Zen is revealed through a lifetime of practice, there is no other way. Below are several ways to get started with practice and they all begin with participation. Choose one, or all. Whatever works in your life right now.
A hands on way of getting started with Zen practice is joining our Zendo (Zen meditation hall). There are informal sittings (meditation) every weekday morning from 6:30am to 7:20am. There is also a Zen community gathering every Monday night from 7pm to 9m, with Zen meditation, a Dharma Talk, and the opportunity for individual instruction with the teacher. Besides meditation, community, dharma talks and individual teacher meetings, Zendo members can also participate in workdays and other community events at LZC. Our Zendo is a small and warm place to start or deepen your practice.
Individual Zen Work with the Teacher
Zen meetings have the simplest of forms: two people sitting on the floor, face inches from face, in a candlelit room. And yet that small room is a large field, containing the stars and the earthworms and poems and cities ~ Joan Sutherland.
Working directly with a Zen teacher has long been an integral part of Zen practice, in fact, this is how Zen has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s with this direct personal interaction that our personal growth begins to clarify and take hold. The transformative power of koans is brought to fruition in individual work. If you would like to work in this way - click below to arrange an introductory conversation.
Note: This work is usually done in person, but can also arranged via Skype or FaceTime
Retreats and workshops
A great way to participate is to attend one of the many LZC Zen Workshops, One Day Retreats, Five Day Retreats, Half day meditation intensives (Barebones sitting), or the Sitting in Recovery group offered by Mike Lobb.
You can also join our mailing list and stay connected.