Cloud Water Zen Centre

Current Schedule (May 2020)

In the current situation, we are offering regular sittings at the following times (coordinating the sitting online using zoom and/or What'sApp):

Mondays:          6.30-8.00pm

Tuesdays:         8.00-9.00am

Wednesday:     6.30-8.00pm

Friday:                8.00-9.00am

Saturday:          9.30-11.00am

We are also offering a four week course (Thursday evenings): 'Zen koans for Challenging Times'starting on Thursday 14th May.

More details on this page...

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).

Reading and Discussion Group - First Saturday of every month

On the first Saturday of the month, morning sitting runs from 9.30-10.30am and is followed by the reading/study group. This is an open, led discussion a Buddhist text.
The text is preselectd and sent to people a couple of weeks in advance.The discussion stage of the morning uses zoom.
For more information and details, please get in touch.

Zen Koans for Challenging Times - A short course

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 course discusses a number of koans and how this type of practice can help us to deal with challenges like those we’re currently facing. Anyone interested more generally in finding out more about this type of meditation practice will also find this course beneficial.


The course will run over 4 Thursday evenings starting on (Thursday 14th May)


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!

Zen and Everyday Life - A short course (Online using Zoom)

In addition to our Intro course, we also run a short course designed to clarify how Zen practice can be integrated with the rest of our life.

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 next course is scheduled for June 2020 and it runs weekly over 3 over three consecutive Thursday evenings (date to be confirmed)

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 and the next course will be held in June, 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

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.

We are not currently offering face to face retreats or sesshins but are looking into the possibility of holding an online retreat, coordianted using videoconferencing.

For more details and information, please get in touch

Introduction to Zen Buddhism (currently offered online)

Our next short Introduction to Zen will be on Wednesday 13th May

This short Introductory session includes:

- basic principles of Zen Buddhism

- guidance and advice on practising how to practise zazen (Zen meditation)

- a chance to try out Zen practice

- an opportunity to ask questions and find out more

If you're interested in coming along, please get in touch!

Visiting the Zen Centre

It is currently not possible to offer visits to the Zen Centre. Please check in later for updates

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

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

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