how to start on the path to enlightenment.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Between Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits and the San Francisco Zen Center’s website, www.sfzc.org, there is ample advice for the novice to get started on the road to Zen.
The Center recommends the following:
1. Check out a list of “books for beginners,” including Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, written by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971), founder of the San Francisco Zen Center.
2. Attend an “Introduction to Zazen” session at the City Center in San Francisco or Green Gulch in Muir Beach.
3. Take a low-cost class specifically designed for beginners at City Center or Green Gulch. Titles include “Introduction to Buddhism,” “Introduction to Zen,” and “Getting Started with Zen.”
4. On the Monterey Peninsula, the Monterey Bay Zen Center holds weekly meetings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm each Tuesday at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel. Sessions include 40 minutes of sitting meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation, a short ceremony and an hour lecture.
5. Meditation instruction is offered free of charge the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm. www.montereybayzencenter.org.