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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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Next Zazen Practice

 

This Sunday 25th February 2018 we have a Zen Day led by senior nun Mokurei Jan Pearse.

  • Arnold – 8.30am – 16.00pm

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

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Nottingham Zen Day led by Mokurei Jan Pearse

Arnold Zendo, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5                                                                  (please contact us for directions and to book your place)

Sunday 25th February 2018    8.00am-16.00pm

Mokurei Jan Pearse
Mokurei Jan Pearse

Mokurei Jan Pearse is a senior nun from the British Sangha. She began practicing with Nanshin Nancy Amphoux in 1990 and was ordained as a nun in 1996 by Shogen Jean Baby. She is the responsible of the Wells-next-the Sea Zen Group which she started in the Quakers meeting house in 1991. In 2009 the basement of the same building became the full time venue, Hokkai Dojo (North Ocean Dojo).

A £10.00 donation is requested to cover the costs of the Zen day.

£7.50 concessions

A vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Authenticity

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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 …

Find us

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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