Practice Schedule

White Cloud Zen functions are donation based. Donations are used for maintenance of the Zendo and our practice.

Please note that this schedule changes on occasion. We will be traveling to Chapel Hill Zen Center (CHZC) and the Richmond Zen Group when Dharma talks and Sesshins (meditation retreats) are available. These dates will be reflected on the calendar below.

Dress: There is no dress code, but it is recommended that you wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. It is traditional to wear dark solid colors, but this is not required.

Zazen (Silent Meditation)
During Silent meditation times you may arrive anytime during the 40 minutes. You may sit the entire time, stand, or do Kinhin (walking meditation) as your needs dictate..

If you do need to arrive late or leave early please practice silence as you navigate the space. If you have not attended previously it is recommended that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for instruction.

Study Group
Study groups start with 30 minutes of Zazen (sitting meditation) and conclude with 60 minutes of reading discussion. We are currently discussing “Zen Mind, Beginners mind” by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It is not required that you obtain or read this book for the study group, but it is highly recommended.

If you do need to arrive late or leave early please practice silence as you navigate the space. If you have not attended previously it is recommended that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for instruction.

Formal Service
Formal Sunday service starts with 40 minutes of Zazen, 10 minutes of Kinhin,  a second 40-minute period of Zazen, and Service (chanting of a sutra, and floor bows). Tea will be served after service if time allows.

If you do need to arrive late or leave early please practice silence as you navigate the space. If you have not attended previously it is recommended that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early for instruction. If service has begun, please wait until you hear the bell indicating a change between kinhin and zazen to enter.