Norwich Zen Buddhist Priory is a place of meditation and practice for the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism. It is home to a senior monk in the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Reverend Leoma Hague, who offers teaching and guidance to anyone who wishes to meditate and live a Buddhist life. The Priory is supported by a group of lay Buddhists in Norwich and across East Anglia who follow the Soto Zen tradition. 

You are very welcome to come along for an introduction to how we meditate and practise. There are various options for newcomers who would like to find out more.

Our form of Buddhism is centred on the practice of zazen or serene reflection meditation. Soto Zen emphasises meditation as the basis for being still within the events of life and experiencing things as they are.


Rev. Master Haryo, the Head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, will be visiting the Priory from Tuesday 21st until Friday 24th August. The main opportunity to meet up with him (and Rev. Kanshin, who’ll be accompanying him) will be a Sangha Evening, with a bring-and-share supper, on Wednesday 22nd. More information about his visit can be found in the July Newsletter.

Autumn Events

Day Retreat in Cambridge: Saturday 22 September, 10.30am – 4.00pm, at the Quaker Meeting House in Hartington Grove. More details can be found here.

Basic Buddhism Course: Tuesday evenings, from 9 October to 20 November, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. More information can be found here