Introduction to Zazen

“Zen” comes from the Chinese word ch’an, which is from the Sanskrit word dhyana: Meditation. The Zen lineage of practice arose within Buddhism and was transmitted from India to China in the 5th century. From there it has spread throughout Asia, and now to the West.

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On Saturday, July 30, 2011 we did inaugurate our public Zazen group with a special introductory session lead by Meido Moore Roshi of the Korinji. We hope to continue these special sessions on a monthly basis going forward, and we offer our gratitude to Moore Roshi and the Korinji for much encouragement and support.
Our regular weekly Zazen sessions will be on Saturday mornings from 08:15 to 09:15, and will be lead by one or more of the Fox Valley Zazenkai members.
If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Scott via FoxValleyZazenkai@gmail.com.

For more Information: Korinji

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We would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning or practicing meditation to come and try a session with us, with no cost to you and no pressure to join our group.
Beginners are very welcome; we will provide instruction as needed and can help you to learn and apply important principles of posture and breathing to support your meditation practice.
Although we do practice while sitting on the floor, there are several options for cushions and other supports that will allow most people to sit comfortably.
Of course, experienced meditators of any kind are also invited to come and practice an established and effective form of meditation in a traditional dojo setting.
We are asking occasional attendees to make a suggested donation of $10.00 per session (cash only), but this is based on ability to pay and nobody will be turned away. Those who make a commitment to practice with Fox Valley Zazenkai on a regular basis will have the opportunity to formally join the group and pay suggested monthly dues of $25.00

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Although Zazen developed out of the Buddhist tradition in Asia, it is now practiced around the world by people of many backgrounds and traditions.
Fox Valley Zazenkai is a group practicing traditional sitting meditation in the Rinzai Zen tradition.
We recently became a member of the Chicago Zen Community under the auspices of the Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery and Community.
We are opening up our Zazen group to the general public, with the goal of establishing a practicing Zen community here in our area.

For more Information: Zen Origin

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We ask all attendees to maintain a respectful and courteous attitude at all times in the dojo.
It's best to arrive a few minutes early to sign in, remove shoes and hats, and make any preparations. Please wear comfortable, modest, neutral-colored clothing, and refrain from wearing strong perfume, cologne, or excessive jewelry.
We have a supply of traditional sitting cushions and mats (zafu and zabuton) and other supports, but if you already have traditional cushions or something similar, please bring them along.