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 near Matlock Bath and hold retreats, Dharma talks and workshops from time to time.  The beautiful practice location is within a short walk of Matlock Bath station and bus stops, so easily reached from Matlock, Cromford, Belper, Duffield and Derby.  For weekend retreats, people also come from Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Buxton, Macclesfield, Congleton, Ashbourne and Manchester 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 events, where we are meeting and practicing together, and what activities are planned.


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Regular Meditation

Sunday: Meditation practice takes place every day at Matlock Bath, with guided instruction for those new to Zen on Sundays at 10:00 am (from April 13).  The Sunday practice at 10:45 am is followed by vegetarian lunch and in the afternoon a dharma talk and walk outside together for those who wish to stay on after the morning practice.  Check below to see if there is something special on a particular Sunday.

No Sunday practice on March 30 or April 6 - away on retreat.

Friday evenings at 7 pm there is also guided instruction available for those new to Zen, from April 2014; please contact us in advance to attend.

Wednesday evenings at 7:20 pm there is a meditation session at the Friends Meeting House, St Helens St, Derby.  See the Derby Zen Group pages for further details.


Coming/Recent Events


>  Matlock, Sat/Sunday 1-2 March 2014
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation retreat) - More
      with Dharma Master Arne Schaefer of Berlin.
    Saturday from 10:30 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 23 February 2014
    Sunday 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.

>  Matlock Bath, 19 January 2014
    Zen Day / Workshop for those interested in starting Zen meditation.
    "Moment by Moment Just Like This", led by Jibul -  More
    Please contact us in advance if you wish to attend for the day.
    Sunday from 10:30 a.m.

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 8 December 2013
    Day retreat/kido/Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony
    Sunday from 10:30 am till 15:30 pm.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the day.

>  Nottingham University, Monday 18 November 2013
    Monday 18 November from 7 pm to 9 pm; location TBA.
    Nottingham University Buddhist Society. 
    Dharma talk: "The Buddha right in front of you".

>  Matlock, Sunday 17 November 2013
    Day Retreat of the Matlock SRM group:
    10 am at The Escape Yoga Centre, Olde English Road, Matlock
    (N.B. No practice at Matlock Bath that day.)

>  Matlock, Sat/Sunday 2-3 November 2013
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation retreat)
      with Jibul, Dharma Teacher.
    Saturday from 10:30 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  Matlock, 27-29 September 2013
    Weekend Retreat and Workshop for those interested in starting Zen meditation.
    "Moment by Moment Just Like This", led by Jibul -  More
    7 pm on Friday 27th - initial entry
    Please contact us in advance if you wish to attend for the whole weekend or part
    (Saturday from 10:30 am or Sunday from 10:30 am).

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 22 September 2013
    Sunday Zen half-day with Derby Zen group.
    Visitors join with regular practitioners for meditation,
    kido, meal together, dharma talk, questions and answers, outside walk.

>  Matlock, Fri/Sat/Sunday 2-4 August 2013
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation retreat)
      with Zen Master Ji Kwang of Berlin.
    Friday from 10:30 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  Matlock, Sat/Sunday 29-30 June 2013
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation retreat)
      with Ja An JDPSN of London ZC.
    Saturday from 10:30 am till Sunday afternoon.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 23 June 2013
    Sunday Zen half-day with Chesterfield CoI Zen group.
    Visitors join with regular practitioners for Zen open day:
    Meditation, kido, meal together, dharma talk, questions and answers, outside walk.

>  Chesterfield, Saturday 15 June 2013
    Day of Mindfulness (Chesterfield CoI group)
    10:15 for 10:30 at The Friends Meeting House, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield
    Continuing next week (Sunday 23rd at 10:45) at Matlock Bath (see above).

>  Warsaw, Sunday 2 June 2013
    Forty-nine day ceremony for ZM Wu Bong, who died in Paris
      in April.  (No practice at Matlock Bath that day.)

>  Matlock Bath, Sundays 18, 25 May or 9 June 2013
    Half-day Zen practice with introduction to the Kwan Um Zen style, (preparation for retreats)
      led by Jibul BST
    Sundays from 10:45 am till mid-afternoon.

>  Derby, Wednesday 1 May 2013
    Launch of the Derby Zen Group
    7:30 p.m. at The Friends Meeting House, St Helen's Street, Derby
    More details.

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 21 April 2013
    Zen Day and Workshop for those interested in continuing Zen meditation.
    "Moment by Moment Just Like This", led by Jibul BST -  More
    Sunday from 10:30 am till late afternoon or evening.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for the whole of Sunday or longer (Saturday+).

>  Chesterfield, Saturday 13 April 2013
    Day of Mindfulness
    10:00 at The Friends Meeting House, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield
    Continuing the next day (Sunday 14th at 10:00) at Matlock Bath for the Peak Zen Group.

>  Matlock, Sunday 3 March 2013
    Day Retreat of the Matlock SRM group:
    10 am at The Escape Yoga Centre, Olde English Road, Matlock
    (N.B. No practice at Matlock Bath that day.)

>  Matlock Bath, Sunday 17 February 2013
    (Postponed retreat from January 19/20)
    Zen Day and Workshop for those interested in continuing Zen meditation.
    "Moment by Moment Just Like This", led by Jibul BSN -  More
    For those who have attended one beginner's retreat and wish to go further.
    Sunday from 10:30 am till late afternoon or evening.
    Please contact us if you wish to attend for the whole of Sunday or longer (Saturday+).

Last updated 24.3.2014