The Lancaster Serene Reflection Meditation Group was formed in 1980. It is affiliated to The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The Order is dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition, known as Ts’ao-Tung Ch’an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan. The Order was established by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organization for the monasteries, priories (local temples), and meditation groups led by priests of our lineage in Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States *.
The group has strong connections with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat centre situated in Northumberland - its Abbot is Rev Master Daishin Morgan. Rev Wilfrid Powell, a senior member of the monastic community there, regularly visits the group, and also leads short retreats in Lancaster. He is also available on request to give private spiritual counselling to group members.
Members of the group often drive to the Abbey for meditation and festival days and retreats. On occasion other female and male monks from Throssel and other temples of the Order visit the group to give talks.
* There are major developments under way in the OBC at present. You can find out more about these by following the link to the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives website, then "Public Talks and Special Announcements".