Enso (Zen circle) by Shinge Sherry Chayat Roshi

Weekly sittings on Sunday evenings
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Miller Performing Arts Center, room 301
Alfred University

Founded in 1998, the Falling Leaf Sangha is a Zen practice group in Alfred, New York. Though grounded in Buddhist tradition, this is a non-sectarian practice, and our sittings are open, free of charge, to the general public. Newcomers are welcome.

Our sessions begin promptly at 7:30 pm. If you are sitting with us for the first time, please plan to arrive by 7:15 for orientation. Although we provide basic instruction, we strongly recommend that new participants prepare themselves by viewing the instructional video Orientation to Zen 01. For general information about Zen practice, go to One Time, One Meeting, and click on "An Introduction to Zen." To learn more about formal practice, watch "What is Zen Buddhism?"

On most evenings, our sessions consist of tea meditation, chanting, walking meditation (kinhin), a recitation from Zen teachings, and two twenty-minute sittings. The sessions last for about an hour. If you have a meditation cushion, please bring it with you. Chairs are available for those who prefer them.

Shiju Ben Howard

All sessions are conducted by Dr. Ben Howard, Emeritus Professor of English at Alfred University, who has practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation for twenty-five years. His root teacher was the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. His subsequent teachers include Jiro Osho Andy Afable and Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi. In 2002 he received the jukai precepts in the Hakuin/Torei lineage of Rinzai Zen at Dai Bosatsu Zendo.