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, Zazen, is straightforward and accessible. It enables us to experience the deepest Truth directly. We learn to sit still with an open and alert mind, accepting thoughts and feelings that arise, without judging them.

The Soto Zen tradition emphasises integrating meditation with our ordinary daily life, thereby finding the heart of compassion, love and wisdom within it. It is the longest-lived current Zen tradition.

Serene reflection / silent illumination, is a translation for the Zen tradition’s meditation practice, Zazen, just sitting ,also sometimes known as shikan-taza.