Zen Meditation and Study

Registration is now open for our 4-Day Zen Retreat, May 23-26. Click here to learn more.

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. Come when you can!

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 practice in Zen or another tradition, and you’ll also meet first-time or occasional attendees, some of whom are just beginning a meditation practice. Most attendees are UU, some are not. All are invited.

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 discussion. At present, the group is investigating the Zen precepts, guidelines for ethical living and skillful community. Readings are provided, and independent study is also encouraged.

Evening Zen practice setting at UUC – Rohatsu 2017

Dress comfortably. Chairs are provided. You are welcome to bring your own cushions or meditation bench. Arrive 10 minutes early if possible. Choose your seat 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 to 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 the practice group at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, sits as Bright Cloud Zen, an affiliate of the Empty Moon Zen Network and a member sangha of the UU Buddhist Fellowship. Bright Cloud Zen practice groups are supported by Janine Larsen, a Senior Dharma Teacher with Empty Moon. Janine is preparing for ordination as a Zen priest and is also UUC’s Director of Ministries. She is a student of James Myoun Ford, Roshi, a UU minister, Soto Zen Priest and Guiding Teacher of Empty Moon Zen Network.

Opportunities to sit with Bright Cloud Zen Sangha

  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, Woodinville UU Church, Sanctuary.
  • Fridays, 10 a.m. to Noon, currently meeting at OmTown Yoga in Seattle.

Please review the links below for additional information.

Still have questions? Email Janine or call her at UUC, (206) 454-7711.

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