Zazen (meditation) and talks

Meditation is a simple and natural activity which helps to focus mind and to maintain mental and physical health. In practical terms we explain, demonstrate and exercise four meditation postures and two fundamental meditation techniques. This is a non-sectarian approach which also explores links to mindfulness. There is an opportunity for a more in-depth study and one-to-one interview with Zen Master.

Zazenkai with Barbara Jikai Gabrys

Zazenkai, a one day retreat, is a day devoted to focusing mind and introspection. For dates see below:

Saturday 30th November 2019

30th November 2019: Engaged Zen

How the core principles of Zen way of life can be adapted to modern life? The teachings of great Zen masters of old will be examined in the context of today’s world. Zen work ethics, possible conflicts between tolerance and war-like mentality of the samurai will be briefly discussed.

Maximum number of places: 12

What is the code of conduct during the retreat? Here it is:

Practical information about the zazenkai

A one-day retreat – or zazenkai in Japanese – is a time of intense Zen practice when we turn our awareness inwards. When you have committed to this day, you may be sacrifying your free time or time with your partner or family.

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Zen for well-being

Drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions

Mindfulness meditation practices are simple and rewarding: their benefits include lowering stress, managing chronic pain, anxiety and anger, improving capability to relax and autoimmune response. Even on an ad-hoc basis you can notice positive changes – however more lasting results will be achieved with continuing practice.

This series of stand-alone meetings is a continuation of the course ‘Focus your mind: Zen for health and wellbeing’. Every meeting includes a short talk, discussion and gentle mindful movement followed by a group meditation. There are no prerequisites as full instructions on how to meditate will be given at every session. Comfortable clothing is advised; sitting on chairs or meditation cushions. There are handouts, guided meditation scripts to accompany each session as well as a short list of reference sources.

Session fee: donations only. Suggested donations: £4 – £8 per session

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