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 retreats, Dharma talks and workshops from time to time.  Our beautiful Zen home is within a short walk of Matlock Bath station and bus stops, so easily reached from Matlock, Cromford, Belper, Duffield and Derby.  For weekends, friends 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 happening. For available weekends, see the weekend diary.


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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 below to see if there is something special on a particular Sunday, or see the weekend diary page.

Weekday evenings there can also be individual guided instruction for friends new to Zen, or experienced practicioners, from June 2014; please ask me in advance if interested. (Days vary according to requirements.)

Weekends it is possible to visit The Peak District for relaxation, Zen practice, and personal instruction. See the weekend diary for which weekends the teacher is available and contact us to discuss possibilities. 


Coming/Recent Events


>  Sat/Sunday 6-7 December 2014
    Weekend / day retreat - 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.

>  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.

>  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.
    Friends please contact us if you wish to attend for part or all the weekend.

>  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.

>  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.

Last updated 13.10.2014