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New to Stone Creek?

If you are curious about meditation, Zen teachings or our practice community, we encourage you to come by Stone Creek Zen Center. We are a friendly, welcoming community. We offer periods of quiet meditation as well as lectures and classes on Zen practice and Buddhist teachings.

There are a few formal elements to our practice (click HERE to read about our zendo forms), but please do not worry about getting it “right.” We have a gentle, accommodating approach. Many members who cannot comfortably sit cross-legged practice meditation sitting in chairs. Because we are practice-oriented, you do not need to become a “Buddhist” to check us out, or even to become quite involved in the community.

If you are completely new to practice, we recommend our “Introduction to Zen Practice” on the first Saturday of each month. However, it is not necessary to enter through that “gate.” Our main community event each week is the 10 am zazen followed by the dharma talk on Sundays. You are also welcome to attend any of our weekly scheduled meditation periods.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or simply come by to a scheduled event and start a conversation. At least one of the teachers or priests attends most of the regularly scheduled practice events.

There is plenty of parking and we are wheel-chair accessible. Our weekly practice offerings have no fee. We do encourage donations, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Regular participants are encouraged to become members, but at no point is this required (click HERE for more information on membership). The community supports many forms of involvement.

If you have children, we are working towards the possibility of having some basic child care available during the 10 am zazen and dharma talk on Sundays. Please contact us if you are interested.

 

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