Newcomers to the temple are requested to attend one Introduction to Zazen (Zen meditation) class, held on Thursday evenings, before joining the community for regular zazen practice or other scheduled events. The introduction covers the basics of Zen meditation: posture, breathing, and concentration. Beginners will also learn the forms used at New York Zendo for bowing, chanting, and walking meditation (kinhin). No prior experience is necessary.
A quiet atmosphere with minimal distractions is essential to our practice. Please do not wear scented cosmetics, and set your mobile phone, or any cell or wifi device, to silent mode. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Please arrive no later than 6:35 p.m. Latecomers will not be admitted. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please do not come to the temple; read the Health Protocols for full details. The program will end by 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and no reservations are necessary. A $10 contribution is requested.