Zen Meditation

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 available. The Group began in 1980.

During this Covid-affected period we are meeting weekly online, on Mondays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. We would normally hold our meetings on Mondays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm upstairs at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster, which is right next door to Lancaster railway station.

If you are interested in finding out some more about the Group and would like to chat with someone about this, you are most welcome to ring Kate Shirra-Gibb on 01524 39918 or Paul Taylor on 07963 369 076. Meditation instruction online in the style we follow (Zazen) is offered by one of our experienced practitioners at 6.30pm most Mondays – it normally lasts about an hour, and is free of charge. For further details please ring Paul Taylor on 07963 369 076 or email taypacc@gmail.com  You are warmly invited to join us for this.

We are keeping under review when the Group’s weekly meetings at the Friends Meeting House on Mondays 7.30pm – 9.30pm 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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