Morning Service 8:30 - 10:00 am
8:30 - 8:35 Heart Sutra
8:35 - 8:55 Zazen (Sitting Meditation)
8:55 - 9:00 Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
9:00 - 9:25 Zazen
9:25 - 9:30 Kinhin
9:30 - 9:55 Zazen
9:55 - 10:00 Four Vows
Dharma Talk & Discussion 10:00 - 11:00 am
Newcomers Training Session 11:00 - 12:00 pm (offered every Sunday except the first Sunday of each month)
Our NewcomersTraining Session is designed to give first-time attendees and novice meditators an introduction to the Athens Zen Group as well as instructions for zazen. Anyone is welcome to attend this session and we recommended that a newcomer attend a Training Session prior to attending their first service. These trainings are offered every Sunday except the first Sunday of each month.
Our services start promptly at the scheduled time and we suggest you arrive at least ten minutes early. There are three 25-minute periods of zazen (sitting meditation) - the first and second and the second and third periods separated by five minutes of kinhin (walking meditation).
An integral aspect of Buddhist meditation practice is offering dana, a contribution that comes from the heart. All donations go to the Athens Zen Group to help pay for our expenses. A suggested donation of $3 - $5 may be deposited in the donation box located on the table as you enter Bloom. Inability to contribute financially, however, should never prevent one from participating.