- Beginners ALWAYS welcome!
- **PLEASE R.S.V.P.!** If you don't RSVP, we won't know you're coming, which means we won't know to look for you and will miss out on the pleasure of your company!
- Outdoor meditation is rain or shine (in the event of rain, we will move to one of the covered pavilions)
For your comfort, please bring
--- a few towels (to use on the grass, or to fold and use in lieu of a meditation cushion)
--- a bottle of water
--- sunglasses (we meditate with our eyes open, and it can be sunny!)
--- bug spray and sun block, if it's your preference
--- comfortable, loose fitting clothing and shoes that slip off easily if you prefer to walk or sit barefoot
Beginner's Mind Zen Meditation
We welcome beginners! Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can give you an orientation to Zen meditation. (To familiarize yourself beforehand, we recommend reading the basic Zen meditation guidelines How to Sit Zazen (http://www.dogensanghalosangeles.org/about-zen/how-to-sit-zazen/) and How to Sit (http://www.compassionatepath.org/howtosit/).)
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).
What to bring
We have a few meditation cushions you can use as well as a few chairs. If you have your own meditation cushion, chair or bench, please consider bringing it.
What to wear
We also recommend loose, comfortable clothing and easy to remove shoes (shoes are removed during walking meditation).
How to find us
We meet in room 331 (third floor) of the General Washington Executive Office Center (2217 Prince Anne St, Fredericksburg) across the street from Carl’s Frozen Custard. Take the elevator to the third floor. From the elevator, walk forward, not to the right, until you reach the end of the hallway. Room 331 is the very last room at the end; the door will be open.
The Four Principles of Practice by Choko Beck
Caught in the self-centered dream,Only suffering.
Holding to self-centered thoughts,Exactly the dream .
Each moment, life as it is,the only teacher.
Being just this moment,compassion's way