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How to Prepare for an Intensive

Deepening our Practice

Practice intensives are intentional experiences for exploration and for deepening our practice. We come together to support each other in a simplified way of living so that we can open our awareness fully to our life and our path. Part of that experience includes giving ourselves permission to experience and work with whatever arises in the context of our practice. There will be opportunities to meet with a teacher each day to help clarify your practice.

What to bring:
  • A sweater or light wrap if you are easily chilled
  • Any special seating you need, or your preferred sitting cushion. We do have chairs available.
  • Comfortable clothing for sitting and work practice
  • Any prescription medications you may need
  • A sun hat or rain gear as the weather suggests
Intensive at Lotus Lake
How to prepare for the meditation periods:
  • Strong practice is developed in stillness. You should be able to sit still for 30 minutes. If you have been sitting for shorter periods, one way to prepare is to begin adding one minute per week to your normal sitting period leading up to the intensive.
  • If you are confused about how you should be practicing, if you are having struggles or difficulties, please discuss this with one of the teachers.
What to expect at the intensive:
  • Silence is maintained except for practice discussions with the teacher and group inquiry or question and answer sessions.
  • Typically there are two zazen periods with walking meditation in between, followed by some kind of break: a meal, a talk, an inquiry period, a work period, or a tea break, for example.
  • Food is simple, wholesome, and vegetarian. There are snacks available if you become hungry between meals. If you have special dietary needs, please make sure to let us know so that we can arrange accommodations.
  • We will be sharing an intimate space, so please be mindful of keeping the area around your seat neat and clean.
  • You will see at least one teacher each full day of the intensive.
  • Any topic that is meaningful for you is fine for practice discussion with the teacher. Please use this precious time of meeting wisely.
  • Be considerate of others around you, as we are supporting each other and being supported in this practice together.
  • You will be involved in simple chores and helping with cleanup in support of the whole intensive.
Afterwards: What to tell others about the intensive:

Other people are likely to ask you about the intensive. Depending on their genuine interest and their closeness to you, obviously your responses will differ. It is very difficult to convey the essence of this profound experience. In general, though, it is best to keep any explanation simple. I usually simply say, this is a time to step back from our complex daily lives and spend some time in peace and quiet. Most people today have no trouble understanding that need. Your life will manifest whatever you have learned.

And please, continue your daily practice, clarifying and fostering what you have experienced here. be continued together. Please ask any questions you wish in the comments area below.

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Our Schedule

Welcome! These programs are open for everyone.

Monday—Friday 6:30-7:30 AM
Morning Zazen

Sunday 8:00-11:00 AM
Zazen, service, and dharma talk

Sunday 8:00-9:00 AM
Newcomer orientation

Tuesday 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday 7:30-8:45 PM
Wednesday evening program

More activities can be found on the Appamada Calendar

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913 East 38th St
Austin, TX 78705 (Map)

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Please be mindful of our neighbors. Additional Parking is available in the Cafe Hornitos parking lot at the corner of 38th St. and the I-35 frontage road, one block east of Appamada.