When starting meditation practice all we need is an open mind and a willingness to practice. This remains so as we continue, however experienced we become but, at the same time, if you find it helpful to have a bit more background information, here are a few additional free of charge resources about our practice:
Sitting Buddha – Zen Meditation for Everyone, by Rev Master Daishin Morgan, former Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, gives a short introduction to Zen Buddhism and sitting meditation (zazen) as practised at Throssel Hole. Buddhist Abbey. Downloadable on https://throssel.org.uk/sitting-buddha-book/ free of charge.
The Eightfold Path of Buddhism, by Rev Master Daizui MacPhillamy, Order of Buddhist Contemplatives 2001, is a short leaflet / booklet which explains our practice through the lens of a well-known foundational Buddhist teaching, The Noble Eightfold Path, fFree of charge. The following is a link to a pdf version: Eightfold_Path_Lancaster_Group_230521_web
Buddhism From Within: an intuitive introduction to Buddhism, Shasta Abbey Press 2003, offers Rev Master Daizui MacPhillamy’s unique perspective on and overview of Buddhism and Buddhist practice. He was head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives from 1996 – 2003. Downloadable on: https://shastaabbey.org/pdf/BuddhismFromWithin.pdf free of charge. [It can also be purchased as a paperback on https://www.lulu.com/search?q=buddhism+from+within&adult_audience_rating=00 ]
The Meditation Issue of the Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Spring 2020, contains a range of articles on our mediation practice (zazen / serene reflection meditation) with links to further resources. Downloadable on https://journal.obcon.org/past-issues/the-spring-2020-meditation-journal/ free of charge.
Various downloadable Dharma talks are available from the Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey website on https://throssel.org.uk/dharma-talks/ See particularly the tabs ‘introductory’ and ‘general’.
To find out more about our style of meditation, what we do at group meetings, and the group’s affiliations, see ‘Pages’ at the bottom of this page and each page – click on any that interest you.