Saturday Morning Drop-In Group


Our Saturday morning drop-in study group is now reading Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart (which is currently available on Kindle for 99p!). We have two periods of zazen on Saturday morning, with a break in between for kinhin: 10 am – 10:25, and 10:35 – 11 am. At 11:15 am, we settle down at the table to read a chapter aloud together, and then we discuss how the reading manifests in our daily practice. Some of our group arrive at 11 am for the study group, some arrive at 10 am to include zazen in their morning, and we end at 12:30 pm. The suggested donation is £5, but we are very happy to welcome you whatever your offering!

The chapters we are reading this summer are as follows:

  • June 1: Chapter 3, This Very Moment is the Perfect Teacher
  • June 8: Chapter 4, Relax as It Is
  • June 15: Chapter 5, It’s Never Too Late
  • June 22: Chapter 6, Not Causing Harm
  • June 29: Chapter 7, Hopelessness and Death
  • July 6: Chapter 8, Eight Worldly Dharmas
  • July 13, Chapter 9, Six Kinds of Loneliness
  • July 20, Chapter 10, Curious About Existence



An Introduction to Zen, May 26

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Sunday, May 26, 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.