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

If you are interested in Zen, in Buddhism or mindfulness, we invite you to practice with us and experience for yourself the Zen Buddhist path and the practice of zazen which Buddha taught to his disciples 2500 years ago and has been passed  down ever since from master to disciple right to this present day.

Soto Zen Buddhism is a school of Buddhism founded by Eihei Dogen and Keizan Jokin in 13th century Japan. Soto Zen practices the zazen of Shikantaza, ‘Just sitting’. We completely experience each moment 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 is at 7.15pm each Sunday evening in the lounge at All Hallows, West Bridgford. If you’ve never sat zazen with us before just come along at 6.45pm we’ll give you an introduction to our practice .

Nottingham zafu on zafuton
Zafu on a Zafuton

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

Sunday Evening Schedule


• 18.45 – 19.15 Introduction to zazen and posture

• 19.15 – 20.20 Zazen

• 20.20 – 21.00 Tea and coffee (or sewing for those preparing for ordination)


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/.

Find us


The Nottingham Zen Group is located in the lounge at…

All Hallows Church Halls, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5BP

Access to the lounge is through the door in the car park which is down the side of the church halls.

For further information or directions please contact us…

Email – nottinghamzen@outlook.com
Text – 07472 636746


Meetup page



Buddha - zazen practice

Zazen Practice for April 2019

In the Dewsbury Lounge at All Hallows, West Bridgford. 

  • Sunday 7th at 7.15pm  
  • Sunday 14th at 7.15pm  
  • Sunday 21st at 7.15pm
  • Sunday 28th at 7.15pm

New to our practice? Come along at 6.45pm and we will give you an introduction.

News and Events

What’s On and What’s Happening

The Nottingham Zen Group will be re-opening on the 24th March 2019!

We are moving to a new location Just outside the city centre. We will now be meeting in the lounge at All Hallows, West Bridgford  on Sunday evenings at 6.45pm-9.00pm.


IZAUK Sesshin at Sheringham with Senior Teacher Mokuho Guy Mercier

This will be a 2.5 day  sesshin at Sheringham YHA, in Norfolk with Senior Zen Teacher Mokuho Guy Mercier.


Friday, 01 Mar 2019 – arrive late afternoon, but by 7.30pm for meal


Monday 04 Mar 2019 – leave afternoon around 3pm after samu

About the Teacher:

Guy Mokuho Mercier began practising zazen with Master Taisen Deshimaru in 1973, becoming his disciple in March of 1976 after receiving ordination as a monk.

After Master Deshimaru’s death in 1982, he remained active in the Paris sangha. From 1986 to 1991, he was again the tenzo at La Gendronnière, and became the head of the temple from 1991 to 1997.  In September, 2008, he received Dharma transmission from Sojun Matsuno Roshi in Takefu, Japan.

Today, he is active in the AZI spiritual council, is the head of the Zen Centre of Lanau near Saint Flour in the Auvergne, in France and leads the Tenborin Zen Association.  He leads sesshins in France, Spain, Switzerland and England.


Sheringham Youth Hostel, See Map – 1 Cremer’s Drift, Sheringham, Norfolk  NR26 8HX.
The Youth Hostel is situated in Sheringham, off the A149 Coast Road, behind St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

The Sheringham Youth Hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the Sheringham Train Station


Pre-discount cost:

Non – “Friends of IZAUK” Members: Recommended: £165,  Low-waged: £140, Unwaged: £110
Friends of IZAUK members: Recommended: £150,  Low-waged: £125, Unwaged: £100

It is possible to join the Friends of IZAUK at the sesshin, or via the IZAUK Website.

These prices are eligible for a £20 discount if booked with full payment or deposit of £25 BEFORE 18TH FEBRUARY, 2019. Deposits are not normally refundable.

Existing Friends of IZAUK who require financial assistance can apply for help from the IZAUK Bursary Fund – Contact John Callaghan at john.cal@outlook.com.


Loose dark clothing for zazen, a zafu (meditation cushion) if you have one and a bowl and cloth for meals (a bowl, such as a cereal bowl, spoon and fork, a cloth (such as a bandana, or tea-towel) to wrap them in, and if possible a cloth napkin).

If you need to borrow a zafu, let us know when booking.

Click  here to book your place on the IZAUK webpage.







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