Before You Come

When to come:

Our practice periods are Monday evenings. Please send an email to hanksanghainfo@gmail.com for a brief orientation and we're happy to give you an overview of our weekly practice meetings.

If you are new to Zen, here is an introduction to our form of meditation:

  • Mindfulness Meditation by Ken Walkama
  • You may also want to read this book:

    If you are experienced in Zen:

    If you are comfortable with stillness and are familiar with meditation in the Zen tradition and with Zen liturgy–you are welcome to just show up and dive in. Nonetheless, we do encourage even old hands to come for an orientation, if only to introduce yourself and get acquainted.

    What you should bring and what you should wear for in-person practice:

    You needn’t bring anything at all except, ideally, an open mind. If you wish to bring your own meditation cushion or bench, please do so. Some chairs, cushions, and benches will be available. You needn’t wear anything special, though you may wish to choose somewhat loose-fitting pants.

    Is it free?

    All orientations and all regular daily practice sessions are offered free of charge. Hank Sangha activities are supported by our members, so we welcome your donations.

    If you are looking only for relaxation: You may find it more fruitful to explore a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation.  Zen practice may lead to relaxation–but then again, it may not. The Zen tradition regards relaxation as a potential side-effect, and not so much as the goal of practice. But if you are looking to learn a variety of techniques that might help you relax, a fabulous book you may enjoy is Meditation & Relaxation in Plain English, by Bob Sharples.