Please remove your shoes outside the Zendo.
Please enter the Zendo and find your seat in silence. There is no need to talk.
There are chairs, two couches, and a variety of small cushions. If you prefer to sit on the floor, you may be more comfortable if you bring your own meditation cushion.
Should you need a bathroom, there are two, the first doors on the left and right off the hallway.
The silent sittings are for one hour. If you need to leave earlier, please leave quietly in silence. If you enter after the meditation period has begun, enter quietly and find your seat in silence.
The meditation period begins and ends with one sound of the large temple bell. When you hear the second sound of the bell, please rise and leave the Zendo in silence. There is no talking in the Zendo. If you wish to speak with your friends, please do so outside the Zendo.
If you are new to meditation, that is fine. There will be no instruction. Simply sit still in silence. Release all attention to your thoughts. Focus instead on the silence in the room, the world, in any sounds you hear, and in your own being. You will find this practice has many rewards it is impossible to find otherwise.
This silence is perhaps the most important spiritual teaching and practice there is. Please honor it, open to it, and let it heal and transform you.
Think of it as a refuge from the noise and programming of society and your own thoughts.
Being in the presence of one who is at peace with a silent mind can help your mind also be silent and at peace. We call this a transmission. Perhaps you are the one with the peaceful silent mind that can offer this transmission to others.
If you care to leave a donation, you are free to, but it is not required. Your presence and silence are enough.
You can find the schedule for the silent sittings and the Dharma Talk / Satsang (teachings) on the website.