1 Why Meditate?

Group Buddha Statue May 2009People become interested in meditation for a variety of reasons. Some seek a deeper perspective; others to come to terms with stress or a personal crisis in their lives. It is not always easy to follow a consistent and stable meditation practice by ourselves. The group is a place where we can meditate with others and draw encouragement and learn from them. Also we can examine how Buddhist insights can help us practically in living from a deeper perspective.

 

What type of meditation do you practise ?

Our meditation practice is Zazen (Serene Reflection Meditation), (Japanese: ‘shikan-taza’), or ‘just sitting’, is straightforward and accessible. It enables us to experience the deepest Truth directly for ourselves. We learn to sit still with an open and alert mind, accepting thoughts and feelings that arise, without judging them.The Soto Zen (Serene Reflection Meditation) tradition (Chinese: Ts’ao-Tung Ch’an) emphasises integrating meditation with ordinary daily life, and finding the heart of compassion, love and wisdom in our ordinary daily life. It is the longest-living extant Zen tradition.