New to Practice
If you are interested in finding out about our meditation practice, you are invited to attend a Wednesday evening "Introduction to Zen Practice" which is held each week starting promptly at 7:30 pm. It is open to all, and is required before attending other meditation programs here. There is no need to register in advance. There is no fee, but we are grateful for donations. We do ask that you arrive no later than 7:20 so we can help find a cushion, bench or chair which works for your body. There will be hands-on instruction and explanation, short periods of both sitting and walking meditation, and a brief talk followed by discussion. Although our practice has its roots in ancient Buddhist teachings, we are open to those of all religious traditions. Many find that this silent sitting practice serves to enrich and enliven their own root faith.
There is no need for a prior background in Zen Buddhism before coming to practice at Empty Hand. We are a practice center, not an academic institution offering only courses about Buddhism. The learning here is primarily experiential, not intellectual. That being said, there is value in exposure to the expression of both ancient and modern Buddhist Masters. We have quite an extensive library and encourage those practicing here to be inspired by its variety and richness.
Please dress modestly in loose comfortable clothing - tank tops and shorts are not appropriate. Sweat pants are ideal - jeans are often too tight for floor sitting. Shoes are removed at the door. In the colder months, please bring a sweater or shawl as needed.
There are no membership requirements to attend any meditation program here, nor is membership solicited. If, after practicing here for a while, one wishes to support the Center with a membership pledge, information is available at the Zen Center and can also be discussed with a teacher. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization - membership and donations are tax exempt; fees for retreats are not.