How Do I Get Started?
Contact the dojo nearest you (see Contact Us) and schedule an orientation session. The Jackson Zen Dojo requires that first you attend a regularly scheduled orientation, offered the third Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. These orientations are held just before regularly scheduled zazen periods and last about 30 minutes. During an orientation session, you will meet with the teacher or a senior student who will show you the zazen posture, dojo etiquette, and the form of practice we use. It will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
What Should I Wear?
Loose-fitting, modest, comfortable clothing such as sweat pants and a T-shirt are recommended. Jeans and street clothes are permitted, but they may be tight and uncomfortable. In particular you should not wear something that binds your waist, such as a belt. Dark colors are preferred in order to harmonize with the black robes that the teacher and ordained students wear. You should not wear shorts or revealing tank tops. You should always remove your shoes and socks before entering the dojo.
How Much Does It Cost?
We do not charge fees for participating in our practice, but we do accept donations. Obviously there are expenses involved in providing these services; committed students recognize this and make contributions as part of their practice. The spirit of generosity is highly valued in Buddhism as a way of countering the poison of greed and stinginess. As many discover, when something of value is given freely it has a very positive effect on both the giver and receiver.