Next-Step: Meditation Instruction and Beyond
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
During this class we will have the opportunity to refine our understanding of meditation, learn about the forms and ceremonies of Soto Zen and have the opportunity to ask questions concerning the specific details of our practice in and out of the Meditation Hall at the Austin Zen Center. We will cover seated and walking meditation, chanting, bowing, and the various instruments used during service. This class is intended to be the Next Step after the Beginners Instruction. It is highly recommended for beginners and anyone interested in furthering their understanding of this tradition.
Prerequisite: Saturday or Monday morning Beginner’s Instruction.
The Austin Zen Center will be Closed May 30, 2016
For Memorial Day.
We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday May 31st.
Have a safe Holiday!
AZC Book Group
Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm. | led by Glenn Noblin
All are invited to the Wednesday Night Book Group. We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00–8:15 pm. We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection and discuss it, ending at 8:15pm. We will be discussing Chapter 4, "To Study Buddhism is to Study the Self " in Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are, by Tim Burkett, reading the forward and editor's introduction. Read more...
Prison BuddhaPals program
This program is in need of volunteers who would write about the Dharma to incarcerated individuals. To learn about this program, check the Outreach section of the AZC website. We have a long wait list of prisoners who are interested in the Buddhadharma.
Refugee Services of Texas
AZC and Appamada Sangha members have organized a group to volunteer with Refugee Services of Texas (RST), as a welcome team for arriving families and individuals. If you are interested in joining our effort, please contact Richard Whittington (email@example.com). To work with RST clients, you must attend an RST orientation and complete a background check. RST orientations take place at 500 E. St. Johns Ave., Suite 1.280, Austin, typically on the 1st Tuesday of each month, Please contact RST (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-472-94772) for more information.
AZC Zen Writing
Every Tuesday 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted). Our meeting involves a short meditation, thirty minutes of writing in response to a prompt, and sharing writing (for those who want to share). For a little over an hour each Tuesday evening, members of this group focus on the process of connecting with their present experience and putting pen to paper to see what unfolds. Rather than being another thing to “get right,” writing becomes a dynamic practice and an expression of our alive experience in the moment. Read more...