At the heart of our Zen Buddhist Practice is seated meditation (zazen). It is through meditating that we cultivate awareness and can come home to ourselves, reconnecting with a sense of stillness, stability and groundedness.
With time and regular practice we find that increased stillness and clarity gradually leads us to become less ‘driven’ and to act in more skilful ways in our daily lives.
Soto Zen meditation is also called ‘Silent Illumination’ or ‘Serene Reflection Meditation’, the description used in our tradition.
Learning to Meditate
From group members: Two lay members of the Nottingham Zen Serene Reflection Meditation (Zen/SRM) group have been licensed by the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives to give meditation instruction in the Soto Zen tradition.
To arrange an introduction to Soto Zen Meditation in Nottingham you can use our contact form or ring:
Ruth: tel. 0115 8371877 or
Ted: tel. 07544768298
At a local Temple: Meditation Instruction is also given at both the local East Midlands Temples of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC):
Sitting Buddha Hermitage in Cromford, Derbyshire offers an introduction to meditation on Saturday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. Use this link or telephone:
Rev. Alicia: tel. 01629 821813
If you can’t make these times you can contact Rev. Aiden by telephone or email. He can usually arrange an introduction at another time that will suit you.
Rev. Aiden: tel. 0116 210 3870 or mobile 07747 585791
More Information about Zen Meditation
The free downloadable book, ‘Sitting Buddha’, introduces Soto Zen Meditation. It is written by the Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, Rev. Master Daishin Morgan.
‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’ by Shuryu Suzuki, is a classic introductory collection of talks about Soto Zen Buddhist practice.