Our Zen meditation practice, called Zazen, centres and guides us in living an authentic, connected, aware life. Linked to Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, the Group is affiliated to the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, part of the Soto Zen tradition. Online meditation instruction is available. The Group started in 1980.
We currently meet weekly, online, Mondays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm during this Covid-affected period. For newcomers online meditation instruction is offered by one of our experienced practitioners at 6.30pm most Mondays, free of charge – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link. You are warmly invited.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Group, you are welcome to ring Kate Shirra-Gibb on 01524 39918 or Paul Taylor on 07963 369 076, our group contacts.
We would normally hold our meetings on Mondays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster, right next door to Lancaster railway station. We are keeping under review when the Group’s weekly Monday meetings at the Friends Meeting House will resume.
In March this year the Group celebrated its 40th Anniversary. This was reported as “40 years of Zen Buddhist meditation in city” in the Lancaster Guardian, 12 March 2020, p19. Extracts include the following: “Formerly known as Lancaster Zen Group, it is one of the first Buddhist groups in the city and follows the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. Its meditation practice is called Zazen (serene reflection meditation) …. The Group’s long-standing and continuing presence has enabled many local people to learn to practice in this way. Its trust is that those who come, bring the compassionate awareness of meditation and its qualities of generosity of spirit, kindness and intuitive wisdom into their daily lives and to their dealings with those they live and work with and meet, and that its beneficial effects resonate widely and deeply”.
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