What should I expect my first visit?
What should I wear? - Wear whatever you're comfortable in. It's a little tough to sit in jeans or dress clothes, so sweats or athletic wear is just fine.
What do I need to know ahead of time? - We have a very simple service which is in a booklet, so you don't need to have any knowledge of Buddhism beforehand.
What if I have questions? - Sensei Glenn, Deshi DeDe, Novice Joe, or another experienced practitioner remain after practice for questions & conversation. Always feel free to ask any questions you have.
When should I arrive? - Practice begins promptly at 9:30 am Sundays and 7:30 pm Wednesdays. We suggest arriving a few minutes early to say hello and get settled. Doors open 30 minutes before practice starts.
What does the practice/service include?
We have a practice guide/booklet that we follow, so you can't get lost.
You may join in bowing, reading, or participating in the discussion, but it's not required.
We begin with 15-20 minutes of silent meditation.
We speak the names of those who need physical or emotional healing.
We read the Heart Sutra
The teacher will have a short reading.
15 minute break for refreshments and conversation.
Dharma talk 5-15 minutes
Discussion - The livelihood of our sangha is the dharma talk discussion.
Everyone is invited to participate if you have a thought, a question,
or a story.
We end with the Bodhisattva Vow.
Practice is about 75 minutes total, depending on the discussion.
New members and visitors are always welcome!
photo credit: DeDe Parker Shi Chuan Guo