Maybe you came to Zazen instruction once but it’s been a while and you’ve forgotten what you learned. Maybe you haven’t come back because it would be too embarrassing to make mistakes in front of everyone, or maybe it was so different from what you’re used to that you felt uncomfortable and awkward. Perhaps you don’t feel that you could sit for the length of time that we do. Maybe you came a few times a while ago but you haven’t been back since and would feel awkward, or perhaps you felt uncomfortable during bowing and chanting services.
All of the above reasons for not coming have been expressed by newcomers. They have also been felt by most of us when we first started practicing Zen!
We are not a closed or insular group. We welcome you to come practice Zen Buddhism with us.