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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 is at 10.30am each Sunday in Arnold. 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.

Permanent Dojo Project

We are looking to start working towards creating a permanent dojo here in Nottingham. If you would like to help us create a space open to everyone, no matter what their circumstance, where we can continue to offer the Buddha’s teachings and practice zazen meditation together, please visit our Just Giving page to make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support.

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/.

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What’s On and What’s Happening

 

IZAUK Sesshin at Crosby Hall (near Liverpool) with Zen Teacher Guy Mokuho Mercier

27 May, 2018 – 2 June, 2018
Crosby Hall Educational Trust (CHET Centre)
Centre, Back Lane
Little Crosby
Liverpool
L23 4UA

This will be a week-long sesshin at Crosby Hall, near Liverpool with Senior Zen Teacher Mokuho Guy Mercier.

This will be a longer sesshin and will include teishos, training and sewing.  There will be ordinations during this sesshin. To be ordained means to take refuge in the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  People who want to make this commitment to the Buddha Way should contact their dojo head as soon as possible.

The IZAUK Annual general meeting will be held  during this  sesshin

Arrival:  Sunday 27th May, after 2pm and preferably by 7:30pm

Departure: Saturday 2nd June, by 2pm, after lunch and 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.

Location:

Crosby Hall Educational Trust(CHET) Centre, Back Lane, Little Crosby, Liverpool L23 4UA Click here to see a map of the location

How to Get there:

By rail: At Lime Street station, Liverpool it’s a short walk to Central Station, Take Southport Train, every 15 minutes to Hall Road station and then 2 mile taxi ride or easy half hour walk across fields to Chet Centre. (Delta taxis  0151 922 7373)

Bring:

Loose, dark clothes for zazen, a zafu if you have one, a bowl for food and a cloth to wrap it in (eg: a tea towel), also outdoor clothing for walking.

Ordinations:

There will be ordinations (receiving of precepts) during this sesshin. To be ordained means to take refuge in the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Those who want to make this commitment to the  Buddha Way should contact their dojo head as soon as possible to find out what the requirements are.

Cost and Booking:

Friends of IZAUK:  Recommended £225 /  Low-waged £175 / Unwaged £145
Non-members: Recommended £235 / Low-waged £185 / Unwaged £155

Those booking BEFORE 13th MAY with full payment or a deposit of £25 will receive a £20 discount off of above prices

(reductions are possible for people attending for a shorter time.)

To enable equipment and meals to be planned, please book before 13th May with full payment or a deposit of £25.  There is a £20 discount if you do. Deposits are not normally refundable.
If you are not certain before the 13th of May if you can come, contact the organiser to negotiate the discount.

Friends of IZAUK members who require financial assistance to attend can apply for help from the IZAUK Bursary Fund – Contact John at john.cal@outlook.com. You can become member at the  sesshin.

Registration:

To register online and pay with paypal click here

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Arnold

The Nottingham Zen group dojo is currently located at private house in Arnold, Nottingham. Please contact us for location details.

Permanent Dojo Project

We are looking to start working towards creating a permanent dojo here in Nottingham. If you would like to help us create a space open to everyone, no matter what their circumstance, where we can continue to offer the Buddha’s teachings and practice zazen meditation together, please visit our Just Giving page to make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support.

For further information or directions please contact us…

Email – nottinghamzen@outlook.com
Tel – 07472 636746

 

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