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

>  Sundays 6,13,20 March 2016
    Jibul and Bo are away on retreat in Warsaw. 
    Sunday practice at other friends/members homes;
    watch this space for details.

>  Sunday 7 February 2016
    Zen half-day with Nottingham University
    and Manchester University Buddhist Societies.
    Visitors join with regular practitioners for Zen open day.
    Meditation, kido, meal together, dharma talk, questions and answers, outside walk.

>  Sunday 27 December 2015
    No practice this weekend: seasonal break.

>  Sunday 6 December 2015
    Buddha's Enlightenment Day celebration. 
    Sunday from 11:00, with friends from neighbouring sanghas.

>  Wednesday 18 November 2015
    Talk at the Manchester University Buddhist Society
    by Jibul, Wednesday 18th at 15:00, UMSU, Oxford Road.

>  Weekend 14-15 November 2015
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation weekend) - More
      with Dharma Master Andrzej Piotrowski.
    Saturday from 9:00 am till Sunday afternoon; come for one or both days' meditation. 
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the weekend.

>  Monday 9 November 2015
    Talk at the Nottingham University Buddhist Society
    by Jibul, Monday 9th at 19:00, Portland Building.

>  Saturday 10 October 2015
    Manchester Buddhist Convention: "From Stillness to Action"
    Talk: "Inside and Outside Become One" by Jibul at about 13:20
    Saturday, 9:00am 5:00pm, St Peters Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester
    https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/

>  1-5 September 2015
    Yong Maeng Jong Jin (intensive meditation week) - More
      with Dharma Master Igor Pininski.
    Tuesday from 10:00 am till Saturday afternoon; come for one, up to five days meditation. 
    Friends please contact us if you wish to join in for part or all the week.

>  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.

>  Sat/Sunday 20-21 June 2015
    Silent meditation - More
    Saturday from 11:00 (for those unable to attend the July YMJJ)
    or Sunday 11:00 till afternoon.
    Friends please contact us if you are interested in this weekend.

>  Sunday 7 June 2015
    Day kido, with Jibul.  Sunday from 11:00.
    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.


Manchester

Manchester Buddhist Convention events in 2015 take place at various locations.  Manchester Buddhist Convention 2015 main event is on Saturday 10 October at St Peters Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester from 9:00 am.

Last updated 12.2.2016