led by Michelle Nicolle and Henry Lafferty

Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:20

Offered as dana (on a donation basis.)

This weekly offering follows traditional Zen form which creates an intimate container to support meditation practice.  There will be a 20-minute sit followed by a 10-minute kinhin (walking meditation) followed by another 20-minute sit. Silence is encouraged at arrival and until departure of the meditation space.  Arrivals at 7:50, during kinhin, are welcome.  

“Shikantaza, or just sitting, is the most direct of practices in all of Buddhism. It is the method of no-method, and invites us to just sit in stillness and openness, perceiving things simply and directly as they are, without engaging in thought, including thoughts of motivation. An approach that requires no mediation of technique, shikantaza is a fully embodied and wholehearted practice that is direct, intimate, and uncontrived.” Roshi Joan Halifax

 Michelle is an ordained Buddhist chaplain affiliated with the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She earned a B.A. degree in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in neurobiology, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She retired from Wake Forest University School of Medicine as an associate professor in 2013 to pursue chaplaincy and Zen training.  You can contact Michelle with questions at


Henry is a practicing architect in Winston-Salem. He earned a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before earning a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Believing that words get in the way, Henry began practicing meditation regularly 10 years ago. His practice has centered on Soto Zen for the past 2 years. You can contact Henry with questions at

Visit the Winston-Salem Zen website here.

No meditation experience necessary.

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