4 About Us

The Group was formed in 1980 and is affiliated to The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives lineage of Zen. The Order is dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation /  Soto Zen tradition, known as Ts’ao-Tung Ch’an in China. Our Order was established by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organization for the monasteries, priories (local temples) and meditation groups of our Zen lineage in Britain, Canada, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Our group has strong connections with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat centre situated in Northumberland. It Abbot is Rev Master Daishin Morgan. Male and female monks form Throssel regularly visit the group and lead Saturday day retreats in Lancaster. Rev Wilfrid Powell is our group monk. Group members regularly drive to the Throssel for meditation, festivals and retreats, and can often offer lifts.

Short videos of Rev Master Daishin and other OBC monks and lay trainees describing and demonstrating our practice and how it can be applied in daily life can be seen on http:\\www.throssel.org.uk\videos\

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