Beginning Zen Orientation



The Beginning Zen orientation sessions will introduce you to Zen meditation (ZAZEN). The sessions are intended for the new practitioner or student who wants a foundation and experiential background in Zen. These sessions will include short periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and informal talks relating to actual Zen practice.

The course is structured over a 3 week period and aims to convey a theoretical and practical understanding of Zen, within a lay context. These orientation workshop series provide an introduction to Zen theory, discipline and, most importantly, Zen practice. Each Sunday session consists of an informal talk as well as an opportunity for practice with our regular Zen Center Manila, UP Bonsai Garden Meditation group or our affiliate Zen Centers in the Philippines.

Sitting Meditation (zazen) and Mindfulness Meditation are simple and effective methods for self awareness. These practices offer you a path toward balance, grounding and personal growth. It is down to earth and practical—nothing mysterious or esoteric. It cultivates our inherent capability for meeting life’s challenges with openness, clarity and compassion. We can gain personal experience of inner peace and well being by applying them in our daily life. Anyone, regardless of religious belief, social or educational background can benefit greatly from these practices.

During the orientation workshops we spend a portion of the time actually doing the practice; by the end of the course, participants have enough information to begin to establish and continue Zen practice daily at home or at work – that is, how to practice mindfully anytime, anywhere. This is essential if it is to be effective and beneficial. No prior experience in meditation is required.

Schedule of Orientations: a 3-part weekend series held on weekends from 9am-5pm.

Part 1: October 6, 2018 (Saturday)

Part2: October 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Part 3: October 31, 2018 (Sunday)

2018 Orientation Workshop
Heroes Hills Zendo
Facilitator – Dr. Lulu Ignacio; mobile numbers–09175309650 or 09228309650. email–
For more information, questions or to reserve a slot, please click here.


What to Wear:  When you come to the zendo for seminars, workshop orientations or sitting meditation be sure to wear non-eye catching, loose and comfortable clothing that covers most of your skin. Loose fit long pants and below the knee skirts are recommended. Colors should be subdued and solid, without writing or distracting prints. Also, no cell phones in the zendo. If you happen to have it with you, be sure all notification noises and vibrations are turned completely off.

There is a Php 200.00 suggested donation for every orientation workshop (total Php 600 for 3 consecutive sessions). If you can’t afford the suggested donation, please pay an amount that is within your means. Everyone is welcome.


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