Zen Meditation at St. Francis Xavier

Updated Schedule:  

March/April Schedule:
The Room changes every week, so check with the Receptionist on the way in:
March  Meets    4,11,18,25
April:    Meets     1,6,   .    .    ..       29
April      No Meeting      15 (Reconciliation) 22
May 6,13,20
Summer Break begins with Memorial Day.  Sitting Schedule will resume in September
Saturday Day of Sitting   April 27

 Meets Weekly on Monday 7 pm,

Zen Meditation practice is available to all parishioners, their friends and others who are interested.  People come to meditate here for different reasons.  Many have a curiosity about meditation, and stay to have it satisfied.  (Beginners are especially encouraged.)  Some use the practice to energize their work in other ministries. Others use it as a way to deepen their own spiritual practices.  For others, it is there primary practice.  All are welcome, whether they come once, occasionally, or every week.

Zen practice raises energy and clarity and reminds us to be fully alive at each moment.   People of many faiths have discovered in Zen practice a profound connection to life.

Through this practice of stillness and awareness, we wake to a world of wonder and gratitude for life in all its aspects- in its splendor, in its ordinariness, and even in its pain.  It deepens our compassion, wisdom in action.

Compassionate action is a central outcome to a meditation practice.  Consequently, this practice is ultimately about service in one’s community.  The form of the action depends upon the unique circumstances and gifts of the individual.  For example, it may inform or put a new perspective on one’s spiritual awareness, or express itself in the social, educational, or spiritual ministries.  Thus, meditation practice does not stand alone, but is integrated or complements the activities of the parish ministries.

Details: Meditation is held each Monday evening from 6:50 pm to 8:15 in the Mary Chapel. (Enter through the Church Office at  55 W 15th St).  There are two 25 minute meditation periods and a period of walking meditation.  There is usually a short talk and the opportunity to meet individually with a teacher.    Cushions and chairs are provided.  Introductory and refresher instructions activity is always available.  Wear comfortable clothing.  There is no charge and reservations are not necessary.  Parishioners are welcome to bring guests.  Additional information from Peggy and Paul Schubert, schubertnyc@gmail.com


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