Dharma room practice has four major forms: bowing, chanting, sitting meditation, and walking meditation. The forms are very simple, and once you’ve seen them it is easy to follow along. We teach these forms, basic Zen meditation techniques, and dharma room protocol in our orientation for beginners at 9 a.m. on Sunday. If you cannot come at that time, special arrangements can be made.
In the dharma room, these forms are done in unison. Our practice supports everyone else’s practice. We bow in the same rhythm. We chant together. We sit in silence until the end of each sitting period. We walk at the same speed, in a line.
Most important is that whatever practice you are doing, that is exactly what you are doing. When you bow, just bow. When you chant, just chant. When you sit, just sit. When you walk, just walk. Thats all.
There is a fifth major form: kong-an practice. Kong-an interviews are available once a month in Lawrence and Kansas City, and on retreats.