Sunday Programme for Beginners

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We offer a regular newcomers’ programme on Sunday mornings; join us on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Doors open at 9:45 am and we’ll end at about noon.

  • Press the buzzer marked “Zen” and we will buzz you in.
  • Head upstairs and turn right.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • If you can afford to make a small donation, it will be gratefully received.
  • Street parking is free on Sundays, and there are usually places available in St Anne’s Cathedral car-park across the street from us.

We invite experienced practitioners to come along as allies to support and give a friendly welcome to newcomers.

To register, please click here

An Introduction to Zen, October 6

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Sunday, October 6, 1 pm – 4 pm

Find out how to use the teachings of Zen Buddhism to transform your life. During this introductory afternoon, you will:

  • Learn some simple techniques to help settle your mind
  • Find a sitting posture to maintain a quiet steadiness while you meditate
  • Design a meditation space to support a regular practice
  • Discover the path that can lead to an easing of anxiety and depression
  • Explore the practical aspects of the 11th step (for those in recovery)

We recommend loose comfortable clothing. Free parking is available in St Anne’s Cathedral. The suggested donation is £10, but please donate whatever you can afford. To register, click here

Settling the body and the breath cultivates a settled state of mind. Sitting in a balanced posture creates a quiet steadiness that can, with training, become our default state, a way to meet whatever happens with upright and calm awareness. When we regularly meditate in a space that is free from distraction and interruption, we can begin to discover a deeper level of stillness that stretches outwards from our limited self-absorbed world view. The preoccupations of our daily lives take up less space for a while as we give our active cognitive brains a rest and take the backwards step that turns the light inward.