Before You Come

Henry David Thoreau Sangha (aka, "Hank") sits together each Monday evening at 7:30pm eastern time on Zoom. When we have opportunities for in-person practice or sesshin retreats, we'll announce those in advance.

Please send an email to hanksanghainfo@gmail.com for a brief orientation and we're happy to give you an overview of our weekly practice meetings.

If you are new to Zen, here is an introduction to our form of meditation:

  • Mindfulness Meditation by Ken Walkama
  • You may also want to read this book:

    Is it free?

    All orientations and all weekly practice meeting are offered free of charge. Hank Sangha activities are supported by our members, so we welcome voluntary  donations.

    If you are looking only for relaxation: You may find it more fruitful to explore a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation.  Zen practice may lead to relaxation–but then again, it may not. The Zen tradition regards relaxation as a potential side-effect, and not so much as the goal of practice. But if you are looking to learn a variety of techniques that might help you relax, a fabulous book you may enjoy is Meditation & Relaxation in Plain English, by Bob Sharples.