Welcome to Open Mind Zen Naples!
Things you might want to know before your first visit:
Everyone is welcome to any offering. No previous experience or pre-registration for classes is required. If you’re coming to a yoga class for the first time, our teachers are well trained to accommodate all levels. They will welcome you and keep you safe! For those new to Zen practice, we recommend our Beginners’ Orientation on the last Sunday of each month, 9:15 to 10am. This is an introduction to meditation postures and techniques, and an opportunity to get to know our style of practice, our teachers, and ways to get involved at OMZN. We also recommend Zen Fundamentals, on Fridays from 12 to 1pm. A different fundamental Zen teaching is offered each week, followed by guided meditation, then silent meditation. If neither of these options fits into your schedule, you can contact us to schedule an appointment, or simply arrive 15 minutes before any scheduled meditation for a brief orientation. Suggested donation for meditation is $10.
Etiquette in the Zendo (Meditation Hall)
By following these procedures as a sangha (group of practitioners), we will create reverence and respect for our Zen practice. If we all do this together, it will deepen our experience and create an environment of quiet and stability.
- When you enter, please remove your shoes and silence your cell phone. Even if your phone is on vibrate, we will hear it in the zendo, so please turn it all the way off. Phones, shoes, and other personal items can be stowed in the cubbies. This keeps the zendo clear of clutter and distraction.
- Before meditation, greeting others and any socializing takes place in the front room. When we enter the zendo, we bow and enter silence. You can enter the zendo any time you wish to begin meditating. We have cushions, chairs, and benches for sitting. When we arrive at our seat, we bow to our cushion or chair, then turn and bow to the seat across from you.
- The bell to start meditation rings promptly on the hour, so please be settled in your seat by that time.
- Dokusan/Daisan: Optional private interviews with the teacher take place outside. They begin with a bell. We proceed clockwise, starting to the left of the teacher. If you would like dokusan, give the person to your right a few moments. If they don’t get up, you may bow and proceed quietly out to meet the teacher. For a more detailed explanation of dokusan, see below.
- Kinhin: Walking meditation is practiced between periods of seated meditation. This is an opportunity to maintain mindful awareness, and also give the body a chance to move. Instructions will be given as needed in the zendo.
- Please assist in clearing the space at the end of our meeting. Wipe off your cushions and stack in the back of the zendo. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions that may arise.