Zen Meditation & Study is offered every Friday from 10 a.m. – Noon. While the church building is undergoing construction, we’ll meet at OmTown Yoga, 5500 – 35th Ave NE. This is 10 blocks south of the church, and two doors down from the interim church office.
You do not have to be a Zen practitioner, a Buddhist, an experienced meditator, or a Unitarian Universalist (UU) to attend. Drop-in attendance is welcome.
The purpose of this spiritual practice group is to provide a convenient and supportive environment to meditate and learn with others. You’ll encounter regular participants who have an established or new practice in Zen or another Buddhist tradition, and you’ll also meet first-time or occasional attendees. Most attendees are UU, some are not.
Each meeting of the group includes brief opening and closing chanting services, two periods of silent sitting, walking meditation, refreshment and teaching. The first half of the meeting is devoted to meditation and the second half to shared learning. Most often, the group engages a shared reading practice to explore a book – no need to read anything in advance. Sometimes there may be a dharma talk or other conversation. Through August 2018, the group is reading selections from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by the Rev. Florence Caplow and Susan Moon, Sensei. Readings are provided, or bring your own copy of the book, available from various booksellers and as an e-book. Beginning in September, we will take up Buddhism without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor.
Dress comfortably. Chairs are provided. You are welcome to bring cushions or a meditation bench if you prefer floor sitting. Arrive 10 minutes early if possible, to help with set up and settle into your posture. If you arrive after the session has begun, please enter quietly and take any available seat. Sitting still, just pay attention and follow what is going on around you. Notice your breathing or other sensations in the body. Allow curiosity to arise in its own time. Be gentle with yourself. Just start again when the mind wanders.
This group, along with its sister practice group at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, sits as Bright Cloud Zen, an affiliate of Blue Cliff Zen Sangha guided by James Myoun Ford, Roshi. Bright Cloud Zen practice groups are supported by Janine Larsen, a Senior Dharma Teacher with Blue Cliff Zen Sangha, who is preparing for ordination as a Zen priest. Janine is also UUC’s Director of Ministries.
Opportunities to sit with Bright Cloud Zen Sangha
- Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Woodinville UU Church, Sanctuary.
- Fridays, 10 a.m. to Noon, at OmTown Yoga in Seattle.
Please review the links below for additional information.
Still have questions? Email Janine or call her at UUC, (206) 454-7724.
Click below for:
- Information on Janine Larsen
- Information on James Myoun Ford, Roshi
- James Ford’s blog, Monkey Mind
- Blue Cliff Sangha website