You may begin practicing Zen with us by visiting one of our groups. Korinji's main branch is in Madison, WI, but other groups exist in the USA and worldwide. You'll receive basic instruction in meditation and can then start your own daily practice. You will also begin to develop a relationship with our community and have the chance to attend events with us.
Even if you are unable to visit a group, there are resources you can use to begin. Meido Roshi has written a book specifically for beginners containing practice instructions you may begin using right away: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice. Another resource you can access right now is Korinji TV, our online collection of instructional and dharma talk videos hosted by Patreon.
At some point when you are ready you may apply to become a formal student of our teacher, Meido Roshi. A short, face-to-face ceremony called shoken formalizes this, and opens the door to more intensive instruction.
INTRO TO ZEN DAYS
Several times a year Korinji monastery, our headquarters temple in Wisconsin (about 60 miles from Madison), hosts an open house: our Intro to Zen Days.
Participants receive a tour of the monastery and meet the residents. Meido Roshi gives beginning meditation instruction and a short talk. Afterward, we enjoy tea and coffee together.
See our Events page for the next Intro to Zen Day and to RSVP.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY
It's easy to join the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. Your membership gives you access to numerous online resources that will support your meditation practice like Korinji TV, our library of Rinzai Zen instructional videos and dharma talks.
Member donations benefit The Korinji Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports our monastery and mission. Donations are tax-deductible, and we're grateful for your support.
ZEN LIFE RETREATS
After you've received basic meditation instruction, joined our community, and started to practice, consider joining us at Korinji for a Zen Life Retreat. These are weekend-long immersive events during which you will get a taste of Zen monastery life, deepen your meditation, and receive direct guidance from our teacher. Through this experience, you will start to see how Zen practice can transform your own life into a path of wisdom and compassion.
The Zen Life Retreats are appropriate for teens and adults, of all ages and conditions. They are also a good way to prepare for sesshin, the intensive weekend or week-long retreat offered throughout the year at Korinji and elsewhere (including Europe).
See our Events page for the next Zen Life Retreat dates.