Our Nottingham Zen Serene Reflection Meditation (Zen/SRM) group evenings are the main way that the local Sangha (community) support one another in our Buddhist practice. The group offers a regular time for formal meditation and teaching, often with people who have been following the practice for many years.
We meet each Monday, unless there is a Bank Holiday. You can check our Calendar (see below) to make sure when and where the Nottingham Zen Serene Reflection Meditation (Zen/SRM) group is meeting.
If you are new to Buddhist meditation we recommend arranging meditation instruction with one of the group contacts before coming along to a group evening.
Format of Evening Meetings
The evenings start at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half.
Meetings usually comprise either: the recitation of a Zen Buddhist Scripture then two meditation periods, followed by refreshments and a discussion about Buddhist practice in our everyday lives, or one meditation period and a Dharma talk, also with refreshments.
Once a month the Dharma talk is given by Rev. Aiden when he visits the Nottingham Zen Serene Reflection Meditation (Zen/SRM) group. Rev. Aiden is the resident monk at Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple in Leicester, and is a senior monk of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. He is a disciple of Rev. Master Daishin Morgan, the Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, and is an authorised teacher of Zen Buddhism.
We also listen to recorded Dharma talks given by other Buddhist Monks.
Venues for Evening Meetings
The group meets in two different locations, one in the city centre and one in Arnold. We hope that at least one of them will be convenient for you:
The majority of our Nottingham Zen/SRM Monday group evenings are held at the Tiger Boe Centre, 7 Clarendon Street, NG1 5HS.
Our other venue is the new ‘Arnold Zendo’. As this is in the house of one of the group members the address is not published on-line; please come to one of the meetings at Tiger Boe first.
You can see the pattern of meetings on the colour coded Calendar below. In general the first Monday group evening of each month will be at the Arnold Zendo and the other evening meetings at Tiger Boe, with a few exceptions e.g. February. All of the Nottingham Zen/SRM evening meetings start at 7.30pm and end at 9.15pm.
You can also download the calendar as a pdf here (52kB).
Daytime Meetings and Day Retreats
There is a day time meeting to meditate at the Arnold Zendo on the third Friday of each month, from 10.30am to 12pm.
There are also two day retreats scheduled in Nottingham in 2017, on Saturday 1st April and Saturday 28th October, from 10am to 4pm at Tiger Boe.