We are a group of Soto Zen Buddhists, in the tradition and lineage of Master Taisen Deshimaru. Every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening we meet up in Arnold and Hucknall 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 is at 10.30am each Sunday in Arnold and 19.00pm each Wednesday in Hucknall. If you’ve never sat zazen before, please arrive half an hour early so we can introduce you to the practice.
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
Wednesday Evening Schedule
• 19.00 – 19.30 Introductions (Help with posture)
• 19.30 – 19.50 Zazen
• 19.50 – 20.00 Kinhin (Walking meditation)
• 20.00 – 20.20 Zazen
• 20.20 – 21.00 Tea and Coffee
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/.