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WELCOME

The Henry David Thoreau Sangha, a Zen meditation group affiliated with Boundless Way Zen (BoWZ), welcomes beginners as well as experienced practitioners and people of all backgrounds.

COVID-19 UPDATE (August 6)

We have decided to suspend our in-person meetings at First Baptist in Newton and to return to online practice.

We've taken this decision in the light of recent Covid news: Middlesex County is now at the "substantial" level of Covid transmission, and it appears that fully vaccinated persons can contract and transmit the virus.

We will continue to monitor CDC, state, and city guidelines in the hope of an early return to in-person practice. In the meantime, you will receive weekly Zoom invitations to our online practice meetings, beginning Monday, August 9.

 

SANGHA CARE AND COVID-19

If you or someone in your family is sick with COVID-19, Hank Sangha Care can help. Learn more about how Sangha Care offers help during the current crisis and provides assistance to sangha members during recovery from illness, bereavement, or other life challenges.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ARE NEW TO HANK

If you are new to our practice, please email us to schedule a brief Zoom orientation (where you will learn how to sit comfortably and how to meditate). We'll then add you to our mailing list, and you will receive weekly Zoom invitations to our practice meetings.

Meetings always include Zen meditation (zazen) and Zen liturgy. See the calendar for featured dharma talks or the opportunity to meet with a teacher (dokusan) as well as special events. Meetings start at 7:30 pm and usually wind up around 9:00pm, though you are free to leave at any time.

A good introduction to our form of meditation can be found in the brief “Mindfulness Meditation” guide written by our fellow Zen teacher Ken Walkama.

 

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WHY IS OUR SANGHA NAMED AFTER HENRY DAVID THOREAU?

In his inspiring account of living alone at Walden Pond, Thoreau wrote: “To be awake is to be alive...I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” We follow the path of Zen with the intention that we, too, may wake up and live our lives more fully, in a spirit of freedom unknown before.

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

Hank welcomes people of all cultural and religious backgrounds, races, socio-economic classes, education, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and age. Email us to find out more or see our Facebook page for more information about Hank sangha events and our weekly practice meetings.

 

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Distant Temple Bell Sesshin - October 1-4, 2021