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...
New Course: Zen koans, meditation practice and daily life
Starts Thursday May 6th (three weeks)
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.
This three week course aims to offer a little more information about this method of meditation, which is unique to Zen and 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 a combination of online (using zoom) and face to face attendance. The sessions run between 6.150-8.00pm and consist of two periods of meditation, 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!
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 now possible to arrange a visit if you would like to come to the Zen Centre to have a look around, find out more and have a chat.
Also, 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 have 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 May 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 May 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
Zen and Everyday Life - A short course (Online using Zoom)
Starts: June 2021 (date to be confirmed)
‘Zen and Everyday Life’ deals with the issue 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:
Session 1: Identifying and changing old habits
Session 2: Dealing with change and distractions
Session 3: 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
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 be in:
June 2021 (date to be confirmed)
It includes sitting, teisho (a talk by the teacher) and dokusan (opportunity to discuss your practice with the teacher). This event combines both online and face to face attendance options
For more details and information, please get in touch
Cloud Water Zen Centre Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 07432 014620