Practice at Dharma River Zen
Our meditation practice, zazen, is a physical and mental practice in which we create a laboratory within which to study the self. Simply put, Zen meditation is the study of the self. Within this ‘practical laboratory’, we eliminate variables or distractions by being still and sitting in silence. There are many forms of Zen meditation, from following our breathing to the 8 levels of absorption (samadhi/ jhana), from the penetrating inquiry of koan study, through shikan-taza (sitting as this very moment) to Pure Being beyond form and formlessness. We begin by sitting still in silence, breathing fully and mentally focused on the sensations in the kikai meridian point in the low belly moving with our inhalation and exhalation.
This practice, zazen, can be practiced by anyone regardless of experience or background. This is a practice cultivating deep concentration and alertness to each moment of life. This brings with it deeper understanding of our own humanity and human development.
Further, part of this practice is to have Zen practice extend “beyond the cushion” to permeate every aspect of our lives. As part of our Zen practice, we include the following areas to holistically address our human condition:
We are an affiliated center of Zen Garland in New York.
Again, this meditation and life practice is available to to anyone regardless of experience, background or faith. Be well!
In Winona, we currently offer meditation instruction and weekly meditation practice periods.
We welcome everyone.
Sunday Meditation Information:
Practice periods include 25 minutes of sitting meditation (zazen), 10 minutes of walking meditation (kinhin) and an additional 25 minutes of sitting meditation (zazen).
Please plan to be in the (Zendo) meditation hall (at Manitou) at least 5 minutes before the practice period begins. Mediation cushions, benches and chairs are provided.
Please contact Trish Johnson to schedule your initial meditation orientation.
Meditation practice and instruction periods are open to everyone. Donations of money, time, and/or supplies are graciously accepted. $2.00 suggested donation.
For individuals interested in learning more about Zen Buddhism, we offer lectures, distance learning coursework, and Dharma talks throughout the year. These courses are optional and need not be paired with mediation practice.