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.

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

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/.


Buddha - zazen practice

Next Zazen Practice


  • Arnold – 10.30am, Sunday 21st January 2018
  • Hucknall – 19.00pm, Wednesday 31st January 2018

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

News and Events

What’s On and What’s Happening

Winter Sesshin led by Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure

Burwell House, Cambridge, CB25 OEF

9th-12th February 2018

Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure

Taiun Jean-Pierre-Pierre Faure, born 1945, is the father of three children. He holds a PhD in physics and has been practising zazen since 1977. He was ordained a monk by Master Deshimaru in 1981. He created the Marrakech Dojo, then became head of the Toulon Dojo. From 1997 to 2002 he was the head of La Gendronniére Temple, and continues to be one of the leaders of the Association Zen International (AZI). Today, he is Abbott of Kanshoji Temple in La Coquille, near Limoges, France (www.kanshoji.org). He is a disciple of Donin Minamizawa Roshi, vice-zenji of Eiheiji Temple, Japan, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 2003.

Arrival: Friday 9th February from 4pm (zazen at 6pm)

Departure: Monday 12th February at noon.  Please plan on staying for clean-up: we need your help.

Bring: Dark, loose-fitting clothes for zazen; a zafu if you have one (some will be available to borrow); three nesting bowls (the largest approx 13cm in diameter), a spoon and fork, and a cloth (e.g. tea towel) to wrap them in.  Also, clothes for work in the kitchen, gardens, etc.:


Pre-discount cost

Friends of IZAUK: recommended £145; low waged £120; unwaged £100
Non members: recommended £160; low waged £135; unwaged £105.

So that equipment and meals can be planned and to receive a £20 discount please book before 26th January with full payment or a deposit of £25.

Remember, IZAUK members can apply for help from the bursary fund through John Callaghan – do NOT let money stop you from attending

Book your place now


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.



Authentic means something that is true and when I speak about authenticity in Zen, I am speaking about our own direct experience of true nature. Buddha taught us that in order to realise our own true nature it is necessary to practice zazen meditation as it is something that is beyond words and concepts and …

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


Hucknall Nottingham Zen Group Dojo, 74 Burberry Avenue, Hucknall, NG15 7EZ

Wednesday 19.00pm-21.00pm


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

Sunday 10.30am-11.45am

For further information or directions please contact us…

Email – nottinghamzen@outlook.com
Tel – 07472 636746

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