For Beginners and Newcomers
Whether you are a beginner in Zen practice, or simply a newcomer to the Center, the community of the North Carolina Zen Center welcomes you.

If you are just starting a meditation practice, or are unfamiliar with formal Zen practice, don't worry. The Center maintains a very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Come and sit with us, and you will learn by doing. What is most important is that you take the first steps in your practice, and we welcome you to take them with us. Please follow the Practice For Beginners link below for a simple introduction to formal practice at Brooks Branch.

If you are a newcomer to the Center but are acquainted with formal Zen practice, the order of service at the Brooks Branch Zendo will seem familiar to you. You may wish to visit the Formal Practice link below to acquaint yourself with the ways in which practice here may differ from where you have previously practiced.

For beginners and newcomers alike, an hour of simple instruction and orientation is held on the first Sunday of every month at 9 AM. We urge all newcomers to attend an orientation session.

For all those who wish to learn more about formal practice at Brooks Branch, please visit any of the links below.

We look forward to having you come sit with us.

Practice For Beginners On Posture Zendo Etiquette
On Chanting Formal Practice What to Wear
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