Zen space in modern life

“We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.”
D. T. Suzuki

Zenspace grew organically over the years under the influence of eminent teachers which shaped its current form. Modern life presents constant challenges: it is not easy to find out our place in the Universe.  And to find joy and contentment in simply being alive.

A sustained meditation practice – zazen – focuses the mind. It leads  to achieve concentration, clarity of mind and decisiveness in action. Sitting practice is complemented by dynamical meditation, work-oriented as summed up in the Japanese word ‘narikiru’. Loosely, this word means to become one with an activity.  Being fully present at the given moment, and cut off distractions. This is in accordance with Rinzai Zen ethos where every moment is lived as it comes.

This is the basis for more advanced practice – to find out our place in the Universe and interconnectedness of all sentient beings.  We call it ‘Zen space’ reached through kensho (or satori). In this quest we are guided by compassionate wisdom, symbolised by Kannon Bodhisattva, the Awakening One.  Formal Zen training can help to become enlightened, and to effortlessly help others.


It is with great joy that we announce a public confirmation of the Dharma transmission to Richard  Shindō Genshō Jones, senior Zen teacher at Sheffield ZenSpace. The ceremony will take place during zazenkai, a Day retreat Saturday 2nd October 2021 ‘There are no Zen teachers, there is only Zen’.

It is planned as a blended session, face-to-face at Quaker’s Meeting House and an online via Zoom. Times 9.45 am – 4.30 pm, with Zoom stream 3 pm – 4.30pm BST. For more details see Calendar.

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Informal meditation in Kannon An, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 Wednesday mornings 7.15 – 8.15 am via Zoom. Thursday evenings, 6.30 – 7.30pm face-to-face (currently 5 person per sitting limit).


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