Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down, everything you do is Zen.

We traditionally meet at UUFN on Wednesday evening 6:30 – 8:15. We will continue to meet, but we will now meet by Zoom video. We are no longer posting the Zoom Link here. If you are interested in attending, please send email requesting an invitation to zen@uufn.org. Please give some advance notice as we are volunteers.

Please be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that our meditation time is uninterrupted. If you are either new to meditation or Zoom meetings, please join earlier so we can acquaint you with our approach to Zen or with Zoom. You may join as early as 6:15pm.

will take you to our new Zen Contemplative Challenge page, designed to help us realize our continuing connection.

 

Meditating in the old Fellowship Hall
Meditation in progress

We follow a simple traditional Zen meditation practice and ritual intended to support the deepening of your meditation experience and the development of a mindful approach to life.  Our ritual involves a small altar, candle, and incense. Sitting on cushions, benches, or chairs is optional.  Traditional chanting and two 25 minute periods of meditation separated by 8 minutes of walking meditation are punctuated by various percussive instruments and gongs.  

While we do not have a regular Dharma talk, we occasionally share stories or readings from Buddhist teaching and discuss book recommendations.  We maintain a small library of relevant materials. Your searching questions will always stimulate fruitful discussion.

It is our practice to start exactly on time, and we encourage arrival well before 6:45 p.m.  After that time, the church doors may be locked.

If you have questions, please contact us via email using zen@uufn.org.