Aspects of Zen Practice

This series of four classes helps those who have taken an Introductory Workshop review the basics and continue to learn about the various elements of practice and ways to participate at Great Plains Zen Center. Classes are held once per month in Monroe and in Palatine and may be taken in any order. It's a great way to continue learning after the Introductory Workshop. All classes are 1 hour with optional zazen following.

Classes take place on Saturdays at 9 AM in Monroe at Great Plains Zen Center, W7762 Falk Rd., Monroe, WI and Sundays at 5:30 PM at Countryside Church UU, 1025 N. Smith. St., Palatine, IL. The cost is $5 per class. Register online at or by clicking on an upcoming event on the right sidebar menu. These classes will be repeated throughout the year. Questions? Call 608-325-6248.

See below for a description of each class.

Forms of Practice: Review the basics of zazen (body, breath and mind), zendo procedures, and the teacher-student relationship.

Liturgy and Lineage: The role of ceremony and ritual in Zen, our teaching lineage, an overview of services (including prayer list, memorials, baby blessings and weddings) and the Gate of Sweet Nectar.

Being a Part of the GPZC Community: Shared stewardship circles and opportunities for volunteering and leadership, Council Practice and GPZC Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles.

Everyday Life Practice: Practicing the precepts at home, at work, in the community and throughout our lives. Sharing practice with our children and families.