Cloud Water Zen Centre

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.

Saturday morning sitting

Saturday mornig sitting starts at 9.30. The Zen centre is open from around 9.00am and please try to be there and ready to start by 9.25.
Please note:
On the first Saturday of every month, Saturday mornings will consist of sitting (for about an hour) and this will be followed by the reading/study group. This  involves a text which is sent out in advance for people to read and, on the morning, a discussion.
On other Saturday mornings, there is just sitting - following the regular evening schedule of 3 x 25 rounds (9.30-11.00)

For more information, please get in touch!

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:

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 March, 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

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 March 2020 and it runs weekly over 3 over three consecutive Thursday evenings, starting on Thursday 12th March

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.

We will be holding a 3 day 'city sesshin' (non-residential) at the Zen centre between Friday 31st January and Sunday 2nd February. For more information, get in touch!

Our next all day sitting will be in March 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Please get in touch for more details...

Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Our next short 3 three hour Introduction to Zen will be on Saturday 7th March 2020

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!

Cloud Water Zen Centre Email:    Phone 07432 014620

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