Cloud Water Zen Centre

Zen and Everyday Life - A short course

We're running a new course at the Zen centre in June...

It’s called ‘Zen and Everyday Life’ and it focuses on how Zen practice can help us to face and respond to the many challenges we face in daily life. And how Zen relates to, and can inform, the rest of our life

We’ll look at issues like:

- Identifying and changing old habits
- Dealing with change and distractions
- How to make more effective decisions and life choices.

The course runs over 3 Thursday evenings in June, starting on Thursday 13th June.

It’s aimed at people who already have some meditation experience (at the Zen centre or elsewhere), although basic instruction and/or review can be provided as need be.

If you'd like more information, or to reserve a place just get in touch

Short Course in Zen Buddhism

This three week course provides a chance to learn more about Zen Buddhism. It offers more opportunity for input, sitting practice, questions and feedback than our regular Saturday introduction. Each session include zazen (Zen meditation), teaching on specific aspects of Zen practice and time for questions and guidance.

The course runs over 3 consecutive Thursdays weeks beginning on Thursday 2nd May. Sessions will run between 6.15 – 8.00pm. The suggested donation for the course is £20

Thursday 2nd May: Basics of Zen practice and getting a practice established

Thursday 9th May:  The challenges of Zen practice and integrating practice into daily life

Thursday 16th May: Different types of Zen practice and how they work

Get in touch if you're interested in finding out more


Weekly Sittings - Monday and Wednesday evenings

Regular evening sittings are on:

Monday and Wednesday evenings (6.30 - 8pm)

It normally consists of three rounds zazen, kinhin and a talk by the teacher.


Zazenkai (all day sitting) & Sesshin

Our next all day sitting will be in:

April 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Our next 3 day (non-residential) sesshin will run between:

Thursday 23rd May (evening) through to Sunday 26th May

Sesshin is a much more intensive period of Zen practice and offers the chance to get more deeply into the practice. Our 'city' sesshins run between Thursday evening and Sunday mid-afternoon, starting daily around 8.00am until around 8.30pm. (Although people often come in earlier and are welcome to stick around after formal sitting finishes.)

If you'd like more information, please get in touch

Early Morning Sitting

If not otherwise noted in the calendar below, our current early morning sittings are every:

Tuesday morning (8.10 - 9.00)

Thursday morning (8.00 - 8.45)

The centre is open from 8.00. Please arrive on time. It's ok to leave slightly earlier if you need to get to work etc. The usual schedule consists of two rounds zazen with a bell for changing posture in between.

Visiting the Zen Centre

If you would like to come and visit the Zen Centre for a look around or a cup of tea and a chat, we are usually open to the general public on:

Wednesday afternoons

(4.30 - 5.30)

Feel free to come along - but please contact us before to make sure someone is there to meet you! For more details, contact:

Cloud Water Zen Centre Email:    Phone 07432 014620

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