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06 Sep, 2008

Houston Zen Center

Posted by: Dave In: Health |Philosophy

Justine and I started a 6 week introduction to Zen meditation course at the Houston Zen Center last week.

We spent the first half of the class learning a little about the history and practice of Zen.  After that, we practiced mediation – both seated and walking.

We performed the seated meditation while sitting on top of a small round cushion called a zafu.  The zafu is placed on top of a large rectangular pad called a zabuton.

We practiced two separate seated meditations.  One facing the center of the room and the other facing the wall.  Each session was lead by the Sensei (instructor) for about 10 minutes.

After that, we practiced walking meditation for 10 minutes by controlling our breathing while slowing walking around the meditation room.  It’s more difficult than it sounds.

The first class went pretty well.  I can honestly say I felt more relaxed by the end.  Relaxing my body was much easier than relaxing my mind.  I might have cleared my mind for 2-3 minutes total for the first class.  I suppose 2-3 minutes is better than nothing, right?

– Dave

3 Responses to "Houston Zen Center"

1 | Scott

September 7th, 2008 at 1:07 am


You’re probably doing better than average if you had 2-3 minutes of clear mind. I love the term “monkey mind” for how busy you realize your head is, once you realize that it is, in fact, busy.

I’m glad to hear the two of you decided to try meditation. Hope it works out for you!

2 | Dave

September 7th, 2008 at 7:28 am


I never heard of the term “monkey mind” but I love it. It’s very fitting and it’s also very hard to make happen.

I’m looking forward to the next class.

3 | chaitanya

September 7th, 2008 at 7:55 pm


I have found that Meditation has helped me incredibly with my stress levels. It gives you such peace of mind and also the health benefits are immense.


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