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Weekly Meditation Classes

Posted on Feb 25 , 2011 in Our Programs

Weekly Meditation Classes

Weekly Meditation Classes are always free but a suggested donation of $5 helps us keep these programs running. If you are interested in learning about zen meditation, the best way to start is to attend a walk-in meditation instruction class at the zen center. By attending the class you will learn about what zen teaching is and the meditation techniques that we use here, as well as a general introduction to the zen center. The hour-long class is free and no registration is required. See the schedule below.

 

Wednesdays

First Wednesday each month

5:30pm Public dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus Zen interviews with Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton) or Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN or a guest teacher

Second Wednesday each month

5:30pm Public dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus consulting interviews with a senior student

Third Wednesday each month

5:30pm Public dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus Zen interviews with Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton) or Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN or a guest teacher

Fourth Wednesday each month

5:30pm Public dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Talk

Fifth Wednesday each month (if any)

5:30pm Public dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm

Sundays

First Sunday each month

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

Second Sunday each month

9:00am Meditation instruction class
9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:00am Dharma School class in meditation, mindfulness, and the Buddhist tradition
for children ages 4-12 and their families
10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

Third Sunday each month

Meditation retreat or:
9:00 am – 9:30 am – Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

Fourth Sunday each month

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:00am Dharma School class in meditation, mindfulness, and the Buddhist tradition
for children ages 4-12 and their families
10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

Fifth Sunday each month 

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

 


51 Comments → “ Weekly Meditation Classes ”


  1. Jennifer

    10 months ago

    Are all the meditation classes about the same or is there a certain one that an absolute beginner should take? Also, is this something that my teenager could attend with me? Thank you.


    • jeff

      10 months ago

      Hello Jennifer, thanks for your question. All of our meditation classes are designed for beginners, feel free to take as many classes as you would like. These classes are also appropriate for teenagers. Hope this helps!


  2. Gregory

    10 months ago

    I am interested in coming to a wednesday evening meditation class. Is the dinner a silent dinner. I am a bit anxious about coming to a dinner do we have to go to the dinner or can we just come at 6:30 for the class… maybe that’s a silly question…thank you for your time.


    • jeff

      10 months ago

      Hello Gregory, Thanks for your comment and question. The Wednesday evening dinner is not held in silence. Lots of friendly conversation is encouraged! If you want to skip dinner, no problem, you are welcome to come to the meditation class either way.


  3. jeff

    10 months ago

    HI Karen, Thank you for your question! During our scheduled Dharma Talks we often discuss varies aspects of Buddhism. Also a couple times a year we usually offer a “Foundations of Zen Workshop” We don’t have any scheduled at the moment but hopefully soon. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  4. Karen W.

    10 months ago

    Hi. I am interested in the meditation classes, but I am also interested in learning more about Buddhism. I see you have Dharma classes for children and families. Do you have something similar for adults? Thanks.


  5. Julie

    1 year ago

    Can you recommend another local venue for meditation classes? I cannot do Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings. Weekdays – daytime – works best for me.

    Thank you,
    Julie


  6. Cristina

    1 year ago

    I am very interested in learning how to meditate. Can you please give me some guidance as to the times and days of the classes. I am new to this and I have no idea where to start. Also is there a fee per class? Thank you for your time.
    Cristina


  7. Kim Jaques

    1 year ago

    My 10 year old daughter is interested in attending the meditation workshops and meditation mornings. Is this possible?
    Also, are there any children’s programs offered at the program?
    If we join we would like to make this a family commitment.
    Thank You, Kim


  8. Brianna

    1 year ago

    I understand the meditation instruction class is recommended before a meditation class but is meditation included in that class?

    I am researching Buddhism for my college (Providence College) world religions class and I would love to observe the meditation ritual.

    Thank you!


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      HI Brianna, Yes there is a short meditation period during the class. Also after the class you’ll have an opportunity to join the larger group for a couple of silent meditation periods with walking meditation in between. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks!


  9. Melissa

    1 year ago

    I am so very new to meditation. But, am searching for the inner peace I believe it can bring me. Not sure what the first step would be. Do I just show up at one of the wednesday evening meditation groups. feeling scared and apprehensive.


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      Hi Melissa, Thank you for your comment. Yes show up on a Wednesday night. Tonight we have dinner at 5:30 which is free and open to the public and a meditation instruction class at 6:30PM. I believe many people felt a little scared and apprehensive the first time coming here. I remember feeling that way too! :-)


  10. Steve

    1 year ago

    Hi! I am trying to make it down today for the class, and was wondering you have cushions? Also; I saw above that sweatpants are ok?


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      Hi Steve, Yes always plenty on cushions available. Sweatpants are OK, anything loose and comfortable is fine. thanks!


  11. Michelle

    1 year ago

    Hi, I was wondering if my 10 year old daughter would be able to accompany me to the Wednesday night meditation class? Thank you.


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      Hi Michelle, Sure! We don’t get too many 10 year olds for meditation instruction but it’s certainly ok. Thanks for your question.


  12. jeff

    1 year ago

    Hi Nora,

    The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley offers classes several days a week at the Providence Zen Center. For more information, see their website.

    https://sites.google.com/site/theyogastudiobrv/

    thank you!


  13. nora

    1 year ago

    Understand YOGA classes are conducted

    on a regular basis…

    Do not see a schedule…[although remember viewing one ffor your location
    a few weeks ago]

    Please advice days/ time slots; and direct me to the site where schedule posted

    Most grateful
    Arigato

    A votre sante

    NMD


  14. Mary Jane

    1 year ago

    Good afternoon! My daughter and I are interested in attending a Wednesday public meditation session. Is there a proper attire recommended for females besides modess dress (dress/skirt vs. pants)? Also, can you tell me when the next Christian-Buddhist retreat will be held? Thank you!


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      Hi Mary Jane, loose fitting pants are best and most appropriate. The next Buddhist – Christian retreat is currently being planned. It will be posted ASAP. thank you!


  15. Kelsey

    1 year ago

    I wanted to go to the Introduction to Meditation class tomorrow morning, I just wanted to be sure it was definitely going on. Also, I was wondering how long it goes for, so I can plan out things for work.


    • jeff

      1 year ago

      Hi Kelsey, yes the class happened. Each class lasts about an hour with an opportunity to practice with the group for another hour after.


  16. Tina

    2 years ago

    I’d love to come learn how to meditate and chant, etc., but I have a spine injury and I’m not sure getting on the floor is going to work for me. Is it all sitting on cushions on the floor or are there chairs with backs I could put a cushion in? I’m hoping mediation will help with pain. Thanks.


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      Hi Tina, Yes we have chairs available for people that need them. Thank you!


      • Tina

        2 years ago

        Thank you. Is there a drop box to put a donation for the meditation class tonight or are we just supposed to use paypal?


        • jeff

          2 years ago

          Hi Tina, Yes we do have donation boxes but if you want to use PayPal that is also available. thank you!


  17. Jenifer

    2 years ago

    Hello! I’d like to come for dinner and meditation tomorrow evening. Just wanted to be certain you are having it. Thank you.


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      Hi Jenifer, Yep! Every Wednesday, hope to see you.


  18. jeff

    2 years ago

    Hi Ken, Grab a chanting book from behind the door in the Dharma room, find a cushion and follow along! Thanks for your practice _/|\_


  19. Ken

    2 years ago

    Hi. I was there last Wednesday for the first time and did the meditation training and then the one hour meditation from 7:30 to 8:30. I would like to come in tonight for the chanting meditations. Anything I should know before coming? Thanks.


  20. Colin

    2 years ago

    What is the proper attire for an introductory class?


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      Hi Colin, loose comfortable clothing is best. track suit or sweat pants is usually good.


  21. jeff

    2 years ago

    Every Wednesday and the second and fourth Sunday of each month.


  22. Miguel

    2 years ago

    Thank-you for the response. As I understand, the classes are every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Correct?


  23. Miguel

    2 years ago

    Hi. I am new to meditation and don’t have experience but would love to start and change my life. Do I need previous experience? Can I attend? Will someone teach me how to meditate? Thank-you :)


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      Hi Miguel, No you don’t need any experience , YES! you can attend and YES! someone will teach you how to meditate. :-)


  24. Phoebe

    2 years ago

    I would love to attend the Zen Center and I am learning more about changing my life and searching for a new path…
    I live in providence and would like to know if there is a city bus that would be near this Zen Center?


  25. Guillaume Riesen

    2 years ago

    Hello, I’m considering attending one of your Wednesday dinners and meditation sessions.

    However, I have a deadly tree nut allergy (walnuts, pecans, macademia nuts, brazil nuts). Are your dinners nut-safe, or is there a risk of contamination?

    Thanks so much!


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      I’m not sure if I would eat here if I had a deadly nut allergy. I suggest bringing something of your own just to be safe.


  26. Martha Moreno

    2 years ago

    One other thing. What transpires in a Zen interview or consulting interview – What’s that all about?

    thanks again


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      Hi Martha, yes feel free to attend whenever you would like. We also have a scheduled Work Day going on at that time you are welcome to attend.

      Interviews usually happen during retreats and on certain Wednesday nights (see calender). We have two kinds of interviews we use in our practice. A consulting interview is with a Senior Dharma Teacher or Bodhisattva Teacher and is good time to ask questions about practice. A kong-an interview is with a person has received inka (JDPSN) or a Zen Master.

      Here’s an excerpt from a kong-an workshop were Zen Master Soeng Hyang and Zen Master Bon Yeon explain about kong-ans. http://www.kwanumzen.org/2000/kong-an-workshop/

      Here’s another link to more articles on our school’s website if you would like to read more. http://www.kwanumzen.org/?s=interview


  27. Martha Moreno

    2 years ago

    I was interested in the walking and sitting meditation on Sunday – (5/29). I have attended an instruction class already. Would it be ok if I attended the Sunday one?

    Thanks


  28. Mary Frain

    2 years ago

    Hi,
    I’m intertested in the meditation instruction class? Do I need to bring anything, such as a yoga mat?

    Thanks!


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      We have plenty of mats available, thanks for asking. Feel free to come to our public dinner at 5:30 too!


  29. christina gonsalves

    2 years ago

    im interested in zen meditation classes.but i work on wedsndays…are there any other days that the meditation is held on.cuz i really want to attend


    • jeff

      2 years ago

      The second and fourth Sundays of each month we hold meditation instruction class at 9:00 AM.

      We also hold public meditation every morning and evening that anyone is welcome to attend, although prior meditation experience is recommended, you can see the schedule posted on the right hand column.

      Thanks for your question Christina :-)