Cloud Water Zen Centre

During the current situation, we continue to offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about, and practise Zen Buddhism, as well as a regular schedule of events. In addition to the regular schedule of zazen, we offer a range of ways for people to get involved and find out more about Zen Buddhist practice

Coming up:

Evening Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Online)

On Thursday 26th November, we'll be holding one of our regular Introductory sessions. It outlines the fundamentals of Zen teaching and practice, as well as detailed instruction on sitting meditation and a chance to try out Zen meditation.  For more details, please get in touch!

Short Course: "Bringing Practice to Life"

From Thursday 5th November for three weeks, we'll be holding a Short Course which explores ways in which we can bridge the gap between sitting meditation and the rest of our lives. If you'd like more information, please get in touch!

Poverty Alliance Campaign

Cloud Water Zen Centre supports the work of the Poverty Alliance and it's October 2020 campaign. As part of the campaign, there's an article in the Sunday Herald (11/10/20):

'Zen koans for Challenging Times'

Koan practice is a form of meditation unique to Zen. What do koans have to say about the times we're experiencing right now and how can they help? This course, which runs on Thursday evenings, looks at how koans can shed light on the many challenges we face. Starts January 2021 (date to be confirmed)

Doors Open Day Glasgow 2020

We participated in the Doors Open Day festival in Septebmer and a virtual tour, with commentary, of the Zen Centre is atill available at:

For more details, please check out the 'Schedule' and 'Getting Started' pages and contact us by email or phone for more information...

The Cloud Water Zen Centre was founded by members of the Zen Buddhist Society, a European Zen Buddhist organisation, which is based in Sweden. We are part of the Cloud-Water Sangha, a group of independent Zen Centres which has grown out of the work of Roshi Philip Kapleau and the Rochester Zen Center.


The aim of the Cloud Water Zen Centre is to provide a dedicated space where people can explore Zen Buddhist training and practice, right in the heart of Glasgow.


We meet weekly to practise zazen (Zen meditation), as well as holding regular weekend events including half and whole day zazen meetings, public talks, sesshin (intensive residential meditation retreats) and regular introductions for people interested in finding out more about Zen Buddhism.

Great is the matter of birth and death.
Life slips quickly by.
Time waits for no one.
Wake up! Wake up!
Don't waste a moment.

The Cloud Water Zen Centre supports 'Trees for Life' ( in its work rewilding the Scottish Highlands and the Simon Community ( which works to combat homelessness in Scotland

Cloud Water Zen Centre is committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.

Cloud Water Zen Centre Email:    Phone 07432 014620

Cloud Water Zen Centre is a registered charity - Cloud Water Zen SCO46443

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