Since our establishment in 1999, the aim of Louisville Zen Center has been to help men and women from every walk of life establish, maintain, and deepen Zen meditation practice, cultivate mindfulness, develop a zazen 'temper of mind' (or the ability to approach situations with greater equanimity, clarity, and responsiveness), and integrate insights gained through Zen practice into the everyday life of family, work, and community.
To this end we offer beginning and continuing Zen meditation instruction, group practice sessions, work practice opportunities, meditation retreats, and other activities and events to support our members and the wider community.
Events are open to adults 18 years of age and over (and teenagers if accompanied by a parent or older friend). Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited to attend. Students of other Zen teachers and practitioners in other traditions are warmly welcomed. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion.
Louisville Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates as much as possible on the Buddhist virtue of dana (or giving). Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. Our Group Leader, zendo monitors, Board of Directors, and other workers and advisors, both at home and abroad, freely serve Louisville Zen Center. This means your love offerings and other contributions go directly toward activities that support Zen practice allowing us to continue offering these services to others in the future.