What we're about

Beginner's Mind Zen (http://www.beginnersmindzen.org/) (beginnersmindzen.org (http://www.beginnersmindzen.org/)) is a small community dedicated to helping people navigate joy and sorrow in their lives. We seek to integrate highly accessible Buddhist practices and modern urban life. Using meditation, chanting, and study, we offer practical ways for people to skillfully negotiate the challenges they face and more clearly engage with the world.

We offer weekly Tuesday night meditation sessions that run for around 60 minutes, which includes an introduction to the forms, alternating periods of sitting meditation (zazen) and walking meditation (kinhin), and a short discussion. We invite beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

We also offer a book study and formal Zen services.

All meetings are free (as in no-cost) and open (as in you can attend any one of the meetings or all of them).

Upcoming events (5+)

Evening Zen Meditation Practice

Trinkle Hall

Please join us in the Zen practice of both seated and walking meditation, after which we'll make time for a short discussion about the practical aspects of meditation. Our practice is rooted in the Soto School lineage and is affiliated with the Order of Clear Mind Zen in New Mexico. The meditation lasts approximately 1 hr, consisting of 2-3 sessions of seated meditation and 1 session of walking meditation (mindful walking). Newcomers: We welcome beginners! Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can give you an orientation to Zen meditation. What to wear We recommend loose, comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Please remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Where to find us We meet at the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies which is room B-39 in Trinkle Hall at the University of Mary Washington (picture of building: https://bit.ly/2Stm2dD) (Google Map: https://bit.ly/2U7sLLT). Depending on the school schedule, some outside doors may be locked. Please enter by the door by the Zen garden. Where to park The closest parking is in the lot by Marye Hall, and along Sunken. Hatred never ceases by hatred. But by love alone is healed This is the ancient and eternal law.

Evening Zen Meditation Practice

Trinkle Hall

Please join us in the Zen practice of both seated and walking meditation, after which we'll make time for a short discussion about the practical aspects of meditation. Our practice is rooted in the Soto School lineage and is affiliated with the Order of Clear Mind Zen in New Mexico. The meditation lasts approximately 1 hr, consisting of 2-3 sessions of seated meditation and 1 session of walking meditation (mindful walking). Newcomers: We welcome beginners! Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can give you an orientation to Zen meditation. What to wear We recommend loose, comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Please remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Where to find us We meet at the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies which is room B-39 in Trinkle Hall at the University of Mary Washington (picture of building: https://bit.ly/2Stm2dD) (Google Map: https://bit.ly/2U7sLLT). Depending on the school schedule, some outside doors may be locked. Please enter by the door by the Zen garden. Where to park The closest parking is in the lot by Marye Hall, and along Sunken. Hatred never ceases by hatred. But by love alone is healed This is the ancient and eternal law.

Evening Zen Meditation Practice

Trinkle Hall

Please join us in the Zen practice of both seated and walking meditation, after which we'll make time for a short discussion about the practical aspects of meditation. Our practice is rooted in the Soto School lineage and is affiliated with the Order of Clear Mind Zen in New Mexico. The meditation lasts approximately 1 hr, consisting of 2-3 sessions of seated meditation and 1 session of walking meditation (mindful walking). Newcomers: We welcome beginners! Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can give you an orientation to Zen meditation. What to wear We recommend loose, comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Please remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Where to find us We meet at the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies which is room B-39 in Trinkle Hall at the University of Mary Washington (picture of building: https://bit.ly/2Stm2dD) (Google Map: https://bit.ly/2U7sLLT). Depending on the school schedule, some outside doors may be locked. Please enter by the door by the Zen garden. Where to park The closest parking is in the lot by Marye Hall, and along Sunken. Hatred never ceases by hatred. But by love alone is healed This is the ancient and eternal law.

Evening Zen Meditation Practice

Trinkle Hall

Please join us in the Zen practice of both seated and walking meditation, after which we'll make time for a short discussion about the practical aspects of meditation. Our practice is rooted in the Soto School lineage and is affiliated with the Order of Clear Mind Zen in New Mexico. The meditation lasts approximately 1 hr, consisting of 2-3 sessions of seated meditation and 1 session of walking meditation (mindful walking). Newcomers: We welcome beginners! Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can give you an orientation to Zen meditation. What to wear We recommend loose, comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes. Please remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Where to find us We meet at the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies which is room B-39 in Trinkle Hall at the University of Mary Washington (picture of building: https://bit.ly/2Stm2dD) (Google Map: https://bit.ly/2U7sLLT). Depending on the school schedule, some outside doors may be locked. Please enter by the door by the Zen garden. Where to park The closest parking is in the lot by Marye Hall, and along Sunken. Hatred never ceases by hatred. But by love alone is healed This is the ancient and eternal law.

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Evening Zen Meditation Practice

Trinkle Hall

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