Ordinary Mind is Zen: A weekend with Andre Elsen

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Friday, February 21, 7 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, February 22, 9 am – 5 pm 

(Andre will also give the Sunday morning dharma talk on February 23.)

In Zen we have many forms, many ways to express practice, to train our minds and our selves. Yet what do we do when we get up, eat breakfast, work, speak to our partners or friends or children? At those times, what mind will we express – and is that the same mind that does zazen? What is zazen mind? How do we cultivate this mind on and off the cushion?

What if all our ideas of zen, zazen and any other state of mind are just the thing that keeps us from really being this person? What if truly being this one is zen? Let’s work together and try to explore this as wholeheartedly and honestly as we can.

Suggested donation £15, and if that’s a challenge, please simply offer whatever you can afford. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring vegetarian food to share on Saturday. 

Please help us manage numbers by registering for a free ticket here


Sunday Programme for Beginners


We offer a regular newcomers’ programme on Sunday mornings; join us on Sunday, February 16, 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