Introduction to Zen Workshop
Conducted by Roshi Henderson and his students, Workshops are a practical and authentic introduction to Zen Buddhism. During the half-day schedule of talks, question periods, demonstrations and guided meditation, participants are introduced to the body-mind disciplines of Zen Buddhism.
In addition to providing an introduction to Zen, workshops are an ideal time to see how spiritual training is carried on at the Center. Members are available to answer questions about the Zen Center and its programs. People who wish to discuss their own spiritual practice can talk with Roshi during the question-and-answer period or during breaks.
- Roshi Henderson begins the Workshop with a talk about the life of the Buddha and the main principles of Zen.
- Meditation postures, methods of breathing and ways of concentrating the mind are taught.
- A short break is followed by two periods of guided Zen meditation with walking meditation in between.
- At the end of the meditation, we return to the lecture room where there is a question and answer period and a talk by Roshi Henderson on how to bring Zen into daily life, how to find a teacher, and how to practice on one's own.
- The Workshop ends with refreshments and a brief meeting for those who would like information about practicing at the Toronto Zen Centre. Books on Buddhism are available, as are order forms for purchasing sitting garments and cushions.
Open to all fully vaccinated and boosted adults. Masks are required inside the Zen Center. Reservations must be made in advance. Register
What to Wear
Loose-fitting clothing is ideal. Skirts should be both long and full enough to sit with the legs crossed; pants should be quite loose. Jeans are not comfortable for meditation; sweat pants are fine. In keeping with the atmosphere of a temple, please do not wear shorts or sleevless shirts.
Next Introductory Workshop
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please arrive before 9 am.