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To introduce the practice of Zen and to help getting started, Endless Mountain Zendo offers the following beginner's programs:

Beginner's Zazen Instruction at Sunday Zazen Gatherings:
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Beginners are welcome at Sunday Zazen Gatherings, at which time there is zazen (Zen meditation) instruction, zazen, chanting, kinhin walking Zen, Dharma talk sometimes, and tea afterwards. Thereafter attendance at other gathering times is also possible. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to be seated in the zendo before the period begins, anytime from 30 min. prior to starting time. Open Donation Basket. (Members: Free).

Dress: For zazen, a formal zazen robe is recommended. Otherwise, wear loose fitting clothing in a solid, neutral color, floor length, and long sleeves. Please do not wear tank tops, shorts, tight pants, or fragrance. The zendo (zazen hall) can be chilly in winter months; dressing in layers is recommended.

Please contact the Zendo for specific dates: endless@epix.net or 570-925-5077.

Dates of Zazen Gatherings are announced by e-mail. To receive e-notices of impromptu and scheduled events, please e-mail us and ask to be put on the Sangha e-list.

Intro to Zen Training: Oct. 18, 2014.

An experiential and visceral plunge into guided Zen training for the enthusiastic beginner. The day of silence includes zazen meditation instruction, introduction to Zen practice form and style, 30 min. zazen periods, stretches, outdoor walking Zen, chanting, Dharma Talk, and tea with discussion. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Suggested Donation: $40. (College Students: $30.) Formal vegetarian lunch included.

6-Week Beginner's Zen Class:

Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm; Apr. 2 - May 21, 2014. (There is no class on Apr. 16 and May 14.)

A beginner's course in zazen (Zen meditation) practice and an introduction to Zen Buddhism through the Four Noble Truths, a basic teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha which he realized upon his enlightenment over 2,500 years ago. The course is intended to help build a strong foundation in the practice of zazen. Zen practice topics covered will be posture, breathing, breath counting practice, walking Zen (kinhin), limbering stretches, physical and psychological obstacles to practice, chanting, bowing, zendo form and deportment, mindfulness in movement and everyday life, and setting up a personal practice. Each class will include Zen practice instruction, zazen, chanting, kinhin walking Zen, and a talk on the Four Noble Truths. Suggested Donation: $60.

Work Exchange Weekend: Sep. 5-7, 2014.
A country work weekend with introduction to Zen Buddhist practice. Zazen meditation instruction, zendo orientation, walking meditation, dawn chanting service, morning and evening zazen, prostrations, work practice, Dharma talk and/or one-on-one Dharma meeting with Genro Sensei, vegetarian meals, and tea. Begins Fri. with supper. Ends Sun., 2:30 p.m. The weekend is offered on a work exchange basis. Donations are gratefully accepted.

What To Bring for Overnight:
Sleeping bag or extra blanket, zazen attire such as a formal zazen robe or loose clothing in solid neutral color, floor length, and long sleeves, work clothes, sturdy outdoor shoes and slip-on shoes, raingear, flashlight, and unscented toiletries. No shorts, tank tops, clinging fabrics, or fragrances please. The zendo tends to be chilly in fall/winter. Soap/towels and one blanket provided.

For event registration or information please call 570-925-5077 or e-mail: endless@epix.net and send a deposit or full donation amount to Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Rd., Stillwater, Pa. 17878.



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