Sitting Groups in Houston, Texas

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Houston Zen Community
Salt Grass Zen Group
Houston Shambhala Center
Northwoods Sangha

Houston Zen Community

Date/TimeSunday 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm Zazen, sitting meditation, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Two 20 min sittings period with a short kin hin (walking meditation). Tea Break from 7:00 to 7:15pm We complete the evening by chanting "The Heart of the Prajnaparamita" in English. Note: some cushions available; if possible bring your own zafu or bench. Also, if you want to use chairs they are available.
TeacherNo teacher; rotating monthly leaders;
Services5 Wonderful Precepts (Thich Nhat Hanh version)
14 precepts of the order of Interbeing recited on first Sunday of each month.
LocationWe meet at 5200 Fannin Blvd. at Southmore at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (Please enter thru the sanctuary door)
ReadingsDiscussion January, 1997, Listen to audio tape from a recent US retreat of Thich Nhat Hanh's and discuss daily practice.
ContactEric Arbiter ( email at - <>)
Web siteHouston Zen Community
The Houston Zen Community is a lay Buddhist Sangha supporting each other in practice We provide a resource to the community for the study and practice of Socially Engaged Buddhism.

We also sponsor retreats, usually 4 or 3 days at the Margaret Austin Center.

Salt Grass Zen Group

(focus on Joko Beck and other contemporary teachers )

Date/TimeWednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm sit followed by short break, 45 minute tape and/or discussion, reciting the 4 practice principles and then three full bows. We usually end the evening with Tea and talk.
Services4 practice principles from Joko Beck's SDZC
LocationWe meet at the U.T. School of Public Health.
Contact(713) 660-7702

The Four Practice Principles

"Caught in the self-centered dream, only suffering.
Holding to self-centered thoughts, exactly the dream.
Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher.
Being just this moment, compassion's way."

Houston Shambhala Center

Date/TimeTuesday and Thursday evenings, 7pm - 9pm.
TeacherHouston Shambhala Center is part of Shambhala International, founded by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Lineages/TraditionsBuddhist: Tibetan Vajrayana -- Kagyu/Nyingma
Secular: Shambhala Training
Location 4040 Milam, Suite 310 (on the third floor of the Fitness Exchange building)
Houston, TX 77006
Contact Center information line: (713)880-0132
Houston Center site: Web site:
CommentsPlease see the Web Site for lots of great info!

Northwoods Sangha

Date/Time Sunday 6:00-8:00PM
Location Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church
1370 North Millbend Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Service Two 20 minute sitting periods, 5 minute walking meditation, chanting of "The 4 Vows." Dharma reading, discussion, and fellowship.
Readings Selections from Suzuki Roshi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maezumi Roshi, Joko Beck, etc.
Teacher None. Rotating leaders.
The Sangha We are a small (4-5 regulars) lay group formed by Northwoods members in February '98. We're all "beginners" and welcome anyone interested in starting or furthering their practice and study of Buddhism.

Chairs and throwpillows available, or bring your own zafu or bench.

Instruction First time to formally sit? Contact Dwight or Jerry below. A Sangha member will be happy to meet you a few minutes before the 6:00PM service and give you a brief introduction to meditation and our service.
Contact Dwight Hatfield 281-298-8419 or e-mail:
Jerry Wagnon E-mail:

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Steven E. Newton / / Jan 13, 2000