Kwan Um Zen in The Peak District


The Peak Zen Group invites you to experience the practice of Zen meditation in a supportive, warm-hearted environment where you can learn the basic Zen practice techniques and discover how this ancient tradition can help you and the world.

The Kwan Um School is a worldwide Zen tradition now appearing in the Derwent Valley of Derbyshire.  Members of The Peak Zen Group practice regularly in the valley and hold practice, Dharma talks and workshops from time to time.  One beautiful Zen home is within a short walk of Matlock Bath station and bus stops, so easily reached from Bakewell, Matlock, Cromford, Belper, Duffield and Derby.  For weekends, friends also come from all round the Midlands without difficulty.

We practice sitting and walking meditation and also use chanting, bowing, eating and working together, all as Zen practices in the Kwan Um tradition. Teaching follows the direct, simple style of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the Korean Zen Master who founded our school.

See below and contact us directly for details of coming plans, where we are meeting and practicing together, and what activities are happening.


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Regular Meditation

Sunday: Meditation practice takes place every day, with guided instruction for those new to Zen on Sundays at 10:00 am.  The Sunday practice at 10:50 am is followed by vegetarian lunch and in the afternoon a dharma talk and walk outside together in the dale for those friends who wish to stay on after the morning practice.  Check the diary below to see if there is something special on a particular Sunday.

Weekday evenings there can also be individual guided instruction for friends new to Zen, or experienced practicioners; please ask me in advance if interested. (Days vary according to requirements.)

Weekends it is possible for friends to visit The Peak District for relaxation, Zen practice, and personal instruction, by invitation. contact us to discuss possibilities and check below for special weekend activities planned.


Diary: Coming/Recent Weekends

>  Sat/Sunday 29-30 August 2015
    No practice this weekend: away at sangha weekend in Poland.

>  Sat/Sunday 4-5 July 2015
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation) - More
      with Dharma Master Ja An (of London ZC).
    Saturday from 11:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Sunday 7 June 2015
    Day retreat - kido, with Jibul.  All Sunday.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for the day.

>  Sat/Sunday 2-3 May 2015
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation) - More
      with Zen Master Ji Kwang.
    Saturday from 9:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Saturday 11 April 2015
    Manchester Buddhist Convention: "An Exploration of Mindfulness"
    to encourage deeper harmonious connections between different lineages.
    Saturday, 12.30pm. 5.00pm.
    Manchester Buddhist Centre, 1620 Turner Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1DZ

>  Sat/Sunday 4-5 April 2015
    Moment by Moment Just Like This - More
    Saturday from 9:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Saturday 14 March 2015
    Mindfulness Day at the Friends Meeting House, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield
    with the Pomegranate Sangha (CoI) of Chesterfield
    Saturday 10:15 till afternoon.  Bring item for pot-luck lunch.

>  Sat/Sunday 7-8 March 2015
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation) - More
      with Zen Master Bon Shim.
    Saturday from 9:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Sat/Sunday 21-22 February 2015
    Beginners Weekend - More - "Moment by Moment Just Like This". 
    led by Jibul, Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon (Zen Workshop style).
    Please contact us if you wish to join in for Saturday or both days.

>  Sunday 1 February 2015
    Zen Day - More
    Sunday 10:00 to 16:30
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for the day.

>  Sunday 25 January 2015
    Zen half-day with Nottingham University Buddhist Society.
    Visitors join with regular practitioners for Zen open day.
    Meditation, kido, meal together, dharma talk, questions and answers, outside walk.

>  Sat/Sunday 6-7 December 2014
    Weekend / day YMJJ - More
    Saturday from 9:00 am till evening.
    Sunday 11:00 Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.
    Poster

>  Monday 17 November 2014
    Talk at the Nottingham University Buddhist Society
    by Jibul
    Monday 17th at 19:00

>  Saturday 25 October 2014
    Talk at the Derby Friends Meeting House, St Helen's Street
    "Everything is Magic" by Jibul
    Saturday at about 11:30

>  Saturday 18 October 2014
    Mindfulness Day at the Friends Meeting House, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield
    with the Pomegranate Sangha (CoI) of Chesterfield
    Saturday 10:15 till afternoon.  Bring item for pot-luck lunch.

>  Sat/Sunday 20-21 September 2014
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation retreat) - More
      with Zen Master Ji Kwang of Berlin.
    Saturday from 9:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Sat/Sunday 16-17 August 2014
    No practice this weekend: away at sangha weekend in Poland.

>  Sat/Sunday 19-20 July 2014
    Zen weekend - More
      with Jibul, dharma teachers and students.
    Saturday from 10:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  Sat/Sunday 21-22 June 2014
    No practice this weekend: away at sangha weekend in Moravia.

>  Sat/Sunday 24-25 May 2014
    Silent meditation retreat - More
      with Jibul, dharma teachers and students.
    Saturday from 10:00 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.


Manchester

Manchester Buddhist Convention events in 2015 take place at various locations.  Manchester Buddhist Centre (Triratna) is at 16 20 Turner Street
Northern Quarter
(City Centre)
Manchester
M4 1DZ

Last updated 14.5.2015