Our Practice Group

Boundless Way Zen Northampton meets every Tuesday evening for Zen meditation practice in the parlor of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA.  Meetings include a brief chanting service and two periods of Zen meditation (zazen) separated by a short period of walking meditation. On the first Tuesday of each month there will be a dharma talk (lecture followed by discussion) during the second period of zazen.  The third Tuesday of the month includes a Dharma talk or dokusan (private interviews with a teacher).  David Shunyo Caruso and Laura Washburn serve as co-practice leaders for Boundless Way Zen Northampton.

Anyone is welcome to attend our Tuesday evening Zen practice periods. There are no special requirements and no cost, although donations are gratefully accepted.  We sit meditation (zazen) for 25-minute periods, and do a few minutes of walking meditation (kinhin) between periods. The evening starts formally at 7:30 sharp and winds up at 8:30.  Enter through the side door which is near the back of the building.

If You are New to Zen

Please use our contact page or email (dacaruso@mac.com) to let us know you are coming or simply arrive at 7:10 PM for a brief orientation and instructions. For basic information, see "Before You Come" and "What to Expect" under the First Visit tab.  If you arrive a few minutes after 7:30, please just come in, take a seat and begin your meditation practice. However, the entrance door must be locked at 7:45.  An introductory book some have found helpful is John Daishin Buksbazen’s, Zen Meditation in Plain English.