One Saturday each month, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm (please check calendar for dates)
Those who are new to our practice are very welcome to come and find out about our tradition. We have found that the best way is to come to an Introductory Afternoon, which is an opportunity to try out our practice and to ask questions about it. As the introductory session includes doing some formal meditation, it is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothes.
The introductory session commences with a brief outline of Buddhist practice, especially the Soto Zen tradition. Much of the afternoon is devoted to teaching our particular form of meditation, or zazen, and giving everyone an opportunity to try it. Some time is spent in finding a meditation posture that will work for each person – it isn’t necessary to be able to sit cross-legged on cushions, as benches and chairs are also available. Other topics that are covered during the afternoon include how to incorporate practice into daily life and what the Priory has to offer.
There is no fee for an introductory session, but a donation bowl is available and all contributions are very gratefully received. The Priory and the resident monk are supported entirely by donations from our congregation and visitors.
Anyone who finds that this practice is something that they would like to explore further is then welcome to attend other events at the Priory.
Please phone or email Reverend Leoma if you would like to come along to one of these sessions.
If you’re not able to come to one of these afternoons, then another option is to come along at 6.45pm on a Tuesday evening, before the Basic Buddhism Evening starts at 7.30pm. You’ll have time to be shown how to meditate and to have a look around, then stay on for the rest of the evening. For more details, please phone or email Reverend Leoma.