Independent Meditation Center Guide

"You think that you can only establish true practice after you attain enlightenment, but it is not so. True practice is established in delusion, in frustration."
Shunryu Suzuki, Not Always So.

Henry David Thoreau Sangha
St. John’s Episcopal Church
297 Lowell Ave
Newton,  Massachusetts   02460
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Center's Description
The Henry David Thoreau Sangha (“Hank”) meets every Monday night in Newton at St. John's Episcopal Church. Meetings always include Zen meditation (zazen) and Zen liturgy. Sometimes there will also be dharma talks (lectures/discussions), opportunities for individual meetings with a teacher (dokusan) as well as other special events. Check the calendar. You are invited to attend all or any portion of the activities—whatever works for your schedule and inclination. We sit 25-minute periods, and do a few minutes of walking meditation (kinhin) between periods. The evening starts formally at 7:30 pm and usually winds up between 9:00 and 9:30, though you are free to leave at any time.

If you are new to Zen:
Please send an email and then just show up around 7:00 for our regular program. If you arrive late, please just come in anyhow and take a seat and dive in.

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