Our Practice

Shining Window Zen holds our weekly services remotely via Zoom. Here is the link.

Shining Window Zen holds regular Zen Buddhist services Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm central time. Every other week, we hold a full liturgy and zazen service, with an initial series of chants, two 25-minute sessions of seated meditation (zazen), and two 5-minute sessions of walking meditation (kinhin).

More or less monthly, we host special services. For example, once a month the service’s second zazen session is modified to include a dharma talk by Living Vow Zen practice leader Chris Amirault, followed by a dharma discussion among attending sangha members. Similarly, each month a Living Vow Zen teacher, Mike Fieleke or Bob Waldinger, hosts teacher interviews (dokusan) during the zazen sessions. These invitations provide opportunities to discuss your practice in a one-on-one, confidential zoom room.

Finally, the service is shortened monthly to one zazen session so that the sangha can engage in a practice reflection discussion about the meaning of our Zen practice in our work, community, and personal lives. We chant three special elements of our liturgy that you can find here, and we hold a single zazen session after kinhin so that the sangha can subsequently engage in conversation. That discussion is informal (feel free to bring a cup of tea!) yet focused on the Zen practice we share, allowing members to engage in supportive reflection on an aspect of practice as it applies both on and — especially — off the cushion.

Here is the calendar for the rest of 2022.

  • August 30: Service & Dharma Talk
  • September 6: Full Service with Dokusan (Bob Waldinger)
  • September 13: Practice Reflection Service
  • September 20: Full Service
  • September 27: Service & Dharma Talk
  • October 4: Full Service with Dokusan (Mike Fieleke)
  • October 11: Practice Reflection Service
  • October 18: Full Service
  • October 25: Service & Dharma Talk
  • November 1: Full Service
  • November 8: Practice Reflection Service
  • November 15: Full Service with Dokusan (Bob Waldinger)
  • November 22: Service & Dharma Talk
  • November 29: Full Service
  • December 6: Practice Reflection Service
  • December 13: Full Service with Dokusan (Mike Fieleke)
  • December 20: Service & Dharma Talk
  • December 27: Full Service

During our services, we use the Boundless Way Zen liturgy book. (Printed, bound copies of the liturgy book are available for a small donation; contact practice leader Chris Amirault if you are interested in obtaining one.) During our practice reflection services held every four weeks, we chant these three additional chants, one of which (Norman Fischer’s excerpt on vow) is unavailable in our main liturgy book.

Shining Window Zen seeks to create an inclusive, intentional community of Buddhist practitioners. Our community values guide our efforts as a sangha, including agreements about engaging in online practice.

All are welcome to join us for services! If you are interested, please contact practice leader Chris Amirault for a one-on-one orientation prior to your first visit. During that discussion, we’ll use this orientation document to review the structure of the service, share your experience with Zen and other Buddhist practices, and ask any questions you have.