Zazen (sitting meditation) practice at Morning Glory Sangha is simple and welcoming. Each period of meditation is 25 minutes, and will be followed by kinhin – a walking meditation. After the final sitting period we chant. Practice may also include a Dharma talk, book discussion and/or tea.
When meditating or receiving a teaching you may be sitting on the floor in a cross-legged or kneeling position. Don’t worry, we have chairs for participants who are unable to sit on the floor. Wear clothes that are comfortable and modest and that allow
your body to get into position if you do sit on the floor. Dark colors without words or contrasting patterns are best. There are no fashion police – just use your best judgment. You will be removing your shoes to enter the zendo, so footwear that slips on and off easily is a good idea as well. However, this is just an idea and any pair of shoes that get you to the center is fine.
We make a standing bow when entering and leaving the zendo which is an expression of respect and gratitude. The bells and clappers (used to mark time) and hand positions for sitting, walking and bowing will be discussed during orientation.
When Jean is present she is available for individual interviews with participants. This meeting is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your practice. Interviews are always confidential.