Zen Meditation

Weekly Monday meetings. 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. You are warmly invited. The Lancaster Group started in 1980.

The Group’s Monday weekly meetings are temporarily suspended in accordance with Government Coronavirus guidelines. Recently the Group celebrated its 40th Anniversary –  reported as “40 years of Zen Buddhist meditation in city” in the Lancaster Guardian, 12 March 2020, p19. The following are extracts from this report: “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”.

This website lets you know about our meditation practice, what we do at group meetings, our wider connections, and our group contacts – please navigate it by clicking on Menu or the tabs at the top of the home page.

When meetings are resumed, our introductory sessions, which include meditation instruction given by experienced meditators, are normally held on each second Mondays of each month.  There is no charge for these sessions. When meetings are taking place you are welcome just to turn up on these evenings to see if our meditation practice resonates with you, and to try it out.

We normally meet (but see above) on Mondays at 7.30pm upstairs at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster which is right next door to Lancaster railway station, except for some Bank Holiday Mondays, and between Christmas and New Year.

There is also no charge for our weekly meetings – we invite regular attenders to make a donation to support our costs through our alms bowl as they wish, according to their means.