Current Schedule (February 2021)
In the current situation, we are offering regular sittings at the following times (coordinating the sitting online using zoom)
In addition to the regular schedule, we are also offering a Thursday evening Introduction to Zen course this month. These sessions are designed to provide an opportunity to find out more about Zen teaching and practice and a chance to try it out.
Please get in touch for more details...
Zen and Everyday Life - A short course (Online using Zoom)
Starts: February 25th, 2021
‘Zen and Everyday Life’ deals with the iissue of how we can more effectively integrate Buddhist meditation into our daily lives. It focuses on how Zen practice can help us to face and respond to the many challenges we face in every day and how Zen relates to, and can inform, the rest of our life
The three sessions are:
Thursday 25th February: Identifying and changing old habits
Thursday 4th March: Dealing with change and distractions
Thursday 11th March: How to make more effective decisions and life choices.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
Attending regular sittings
If you are new to the Zen centre and would like more information on how to participate in online sittings, please get in touch.
Regular sittings consist of zazen and kinhin (walking meditation). There is also usually a talk by the teacher and often we have dokusan (an opportunity to discuss practice-related questions one to one with a teacher).
Visiting the Zen Centre
It is currently not possible to offer visits to the Zen Centre. Please check in later for updates
However, if you would like to have a look around and get a sense of what the Zen Centre is like, here's a virtual tour of the centre with an audio commentary
And if you hvae any questions you'd like to ask then please get in touch at:
Reading and Discussion Group - First Saturday of every month
Short Course in Zen Buddhism - starts March 2021 (date to be confirmed)
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 and the next course will be held in March 2021, start date to be confirmed. Sessions will run between 6.15 – 8.00pm. The suggested donation for the course is £20
Session 1: Basics of Zen practice and getting a practice established
Session 2: The challenges of Zen practice and integrating practice into daily life
Session 3: Different types of Zen practice and how they work
Get in touch if you're interested in finding out more
An exploration of Zen Koans
Koans are a form of meditation practice and training used in the Zen tradition. Koans are stories, dialogues and sayings which point beyond the thinking, rational mind to something more essential to the mind. Koan work has been used for centuries as both a meditation technique for accessing this Mind, as well as a way of providing insights and understanding which can help us with the challenges of daily life.
On Thursday evenings we run regular sessions which provide an opportunity to become more familiar with this unique style of Zen practice. The aim is to show how the koan tradition works as a type of zazen (meditation practice) and how koans can be worked on as a form of zazen.
Each week we discuss a koan from the Zen tradition and provide some time for Q and A
The format for these sessions is that we use zoom. The sessions run between 6.00-7.45pm and consist of two periods of zazen, followed by a talk and discussion. Each week some supplementary material and background reading will be provided.
If you're interested and would like to find out more, get in touch!
Weekend events and sesshin
We also run longer events designed to give people an opportunity to get deeper into Zen practice. These include whole day or weekend events at the Zen centre as well as sesshin (intensive meditation retreats) which are held over three days at the Zen Centre and also residentially over the course of a week.
Our next sesshin (3 days) will run between:
Friday 19th and Sunday 21st February
It includes sitting, teisho (a talk by the teacher) and dokusan (opportunity to discuss your practice with the teacher). This event uses zoom
For more details and information, please get in touch
Cloud Water Zen Centre Email: email@example.com Phone 07432 014620