We are a group of Soto Zen Buddhists, in the tradition and lineage of Master Taisen Deshimaru. Every Sunday morning we meet up in Arnold to practice zazen meditation together.

If you are interested in Zen, in Buddhism, or just in meditation practice and mindfulness, we invite you to practice with us and experience for yourself the Zen Buddhist path and deepen your practice and understanding of the Buddha way.

Soto Zen Buddhism is a school of Buddhism founded by Eihei Dogen and Keizan Jokin in 13th century Japan. Soto Zen is zazen meditation, ‘silent sitting’. We make our best effort in each instant and practice without goal or profit seeking. The Buddha way is a deep spiritual practice that goes beyond our personal selves, beyond our wants and our desires. To practice zazen without goal, ‘with mushotoku mind’, is to be in harmony with all things. It is to find true peace in our lives.

Zazen begin at 10.30 each Sunday. If you’ve never sat zazen before, please arrive half an hour early so we can introduce you to the practice.

Nottingham zafu on zafuton
Zafu on a Zafuton

For your own comfort, please wear dark loose-fitting clothing.

Sunday Morning Schedule


• 10.00 – 10.30 Introductions (Help with posture)

• 10.30 – 11.00 Zazen

• 11.00 – 11.05  Kinhin (Walking meditation)

• 11.05 – 11.35  Zazen

• 11.35 – 12.00 Morning Ceremony


The Nottingham Zen Group is affiliated to the International Zen Association UK. For more information about the Association and Zen in the UK, please see http://www.izauk.org/.


Buddha - zazen practice

Next Zazen Practice


  • The next zazen practice will be at 10.30am, Sunday 17th December 2017.

New to our practice? Please contact us to arrange an introduction.

News and Events

What’s On and What’s Happening


Bristol Zen Weekend with Mokuho Guy Mercier

Bristol Zen Dojo, 91-93 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AT

25th-26th November

Mokuho Guy Mercier
Mokuho Guy Mercier


Friday Evening: Normal Friday evening zazen a 6.00pm

Saturday: 8.30am-8.00pm (food/refreshments included)

Sunday: 8.30am-12.00pm (we will be going to a local restaurant for a meal Sunday afternoon.


Weekend: £35 recommended, (£20 concessions)

Saturday only: £20 recommended. (£15 concessions)

Sunday only: £10 recommended, (£5 concessions)

For more information or to register: Contact Adrian Tuttiett on  0117 942 4347 (dojo answerphone) or by email by completing the form on this page








The Matriarchs

During the morning ceremony at the Nottingham Zen Group we chant the names of the Zen Patriarchs. This is something which is done daily at Zen temples and also during a sesshin. We do this out of deep respect and gratitude to the ‘fathers’ who have transmitted this practice to us. On Sunday 11th June …

Interview with Zen Monk Kishigami Osho

In a really interesting interview with Japanese Zen monk, Kishigami Osho, who visited the Manchester Zen Dojo,  gives a lecture on zazen and the Kesa. Kishigami Osho was a disciple of Kodo Sawaki and friend of Taisen Dehimaru. Watch Now!    

Find us

The Nottingham Zen group dojo is currently located at private house in Arnold, Nottingham.

For further information or directions please contact us…

Email – nottinghamzen@outlook.com
Tel – 07472 636746