Our Sunday practice session begins at 10:00 a.m. and usually ends around 12:00 p.m.
If you arrive after 10:00, please observe the sign outside our practice area. We ask that all cell phones and devices be turned off or silent during our session.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing. Shoes are removed in the entry area. We provide cushions to sit on, and have chairs furnished for anyone who needs them.
Our Sunday sessions are facilitated by a rotating group of experienced sangha members. We are a lay group, which means we have no ordained monk guiding our practice session. Our session is practiced in the tradition of the Vietnamese Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who now resides at Plum Village meditation center in France.
Nothing is compulsory, and your level of participation is up to you.
The order of our Sunday session is as follows:
- 10:00: Introductions
- Opening of the altar (offering of incense)
- Recitation of the Refuge Chant
- 20-25 minute sitting meditation
- Walking meditation
- One of four monthly activities:
|First Sunday of the month||The Five Mindfulness Trainings|
|Second Sunday||Second sitting meditation|
|Third Sunday||The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings|
|Fourth Sunday||Shared readings
|Fifth Sunday||Day of Mindfulness|
- Facilitator activity
- Open practice-related sharing
- Concerns and gratitudes
- Closing gatha