The Empty Field Zendo of League City Texas (not to be confused with the Oregon group of the same name) meets at the Unity Church of the Bay Area which is located near the intersection of League City Parkway and State Highway 3.
|1911 Hwy.3 South, League City, Texas 77573|
Screengrab from Googlemaps
|Close up of the location which, interestingly, is only about fifteen hundred feet from the Diamond Way Clear Lake Buddhism building to the northwest on Dakota Street.|
As of this blog post, Empty Field Zendo had developed a highly organized and useful set of web pages to describe its structure and activities.
|Partial screengrab of the homepage at http://www.emptyfield.org/.|
Minimalist, in authentic Zen style.
The homepage entry is dated January 2011, but I did check with the group and verified that the site information is still up-to-date as of June 2012.
|Zen minimalism or not, the reading references page includes this uber-cool Amazon widget that I wish I had known about the other day when I published a list of potential "Buddhism 101" references. |
Note that they recommend a few volumes by Steve Hagen, whose "Buddhism Plain and Simple" was also one of my recommendations.
|Sensei Ray Cicetti.|
Photo screengrabbed from Sweeping Zen (URL below)
When I contacted this group to confirm the up-to-datedness of their website information, the representative noted that a retreat is scheduled in July 2012:
|Screengrabbed from |
Moderator's Viewpoints. As with all Temple and group profiles, an attempt is made to include mention of any relevant external accounts of the group and/or its leadership, although a thorough evaluation is beyond the scope of this blog post and beyond the expertise of this blogger.
As of the date of this blog post, the first several pages of Google search returns revealed that Ray Cicetti is affiliated with the Zen Peacemakers organization, and is also a psychotherapist in private practice in New Jersey. He is also listed as a founding member of the Clear Mountain Zen Center in New Jersey.
Additionally, as Moderator, I sometimes draw repeated emphasis to facets of particular groups that may be of particular importance for beginners to understand, and to that end, I offer the following observation.
As suggested by the descriptions above, Empty Field Zendo's meditation sessions demand a greater degree of protocol precision and discipline than do those of some of the other local area sitting groups that have been profiled on this blog. This degree of intensity is reflected in the schedule that they have developed for each session:
As always, if you have additional relevant information on this group, please comment below or email me at southhoustonsangha - at - gmail. Thanks!