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Daizan Skinner (zen)

Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, our teacher in the UK.

Julian Daizan Skinner is the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. Over twenty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry, sold his house, gave all the money away and entered a Zen monastery.

Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Daizan Roshi recieved Dharma Transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen. He has also undergone training as an enlightenment intensive master with Lawrence Noyes, leading student of the creator of enlightenment intensives, Charles Berner. Daizan Roshi recieved inka from Shinzan Miyamae Roshi of Gyokuryuji, with whom he continues to study

Upcoming Events

April 2017

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

28 April @ 6:00 pm - 1 May @ 2:00 pm
Gaunts House, Wimbourne Dorset BH21 4JQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). The format is based on the "group sanzen" format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner, creating a uniquely powerful combination.

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May 2017

Inaugural teaching and Hossen-shiki (dharma combat) ceremony

7 May @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
ZenYoga (Yugagyo Dojo), 2d Camberwell Grove
London, London SE5 8RE United Kingdom
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Hossen ceremony

You are invited to Keith Fuso Alker's inaugural teaching (teisho; dharma talk) as a Junior Zen teacher, and to engage with him in dharma combat (hossen, meaning to answer questions from the sangha). After this, Keith will formally be at the start of his career as a Zen teacher.

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$2555

Trip to Japan and Zen Sesshin

20 May - 31 May
Ikoma, Nara Prefecture 630-0231 Japan + Google Map
Gyokuryuji temple Japan

Zenways trip to Japan: 20th-31st May 2017. Including 5-day Zen sesshin retreat with Shinzan Roshi, cultural activities and sight-seeing.

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June 2017

Inaugural teaching and Hossen-shiki (dharma combat) ceremony

4 June @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
ZenYoga (Yugagyo Dojo), 2d Camberwell Grove
London, London SE5 8RE United Kingdom
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Hossen ceremony

You are invited to Kevin Jikai Pickard's inaugural teaching (teisho; dharma talk) as a Junior Zen teacher, and to engage with him in dharma combat (hossen, meaning to answer questions from the sangha). After this, Kevin will formally be at the start of his career as a Zen teacher.

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3 day Intensive Zen retreat – 10th anniversary

15 June @ 6:00 pm - 18 June @ 2:00 pm
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom + Google Map

Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). The format is based on the "group sanzen" format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner, creating a uniquely powerful combination.

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July 2017

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

27 July @ 6:00 pm - 30 July @ 2:00 pm
Anam Cara, 18 Upper Leachkin
Inverness, Scotland IV3 8PN United Kingdom
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Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). The format is based on the "group sanzen" format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner, creating a uniquely powerful combination.

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September 2017

3 Day Step 11 Zen Intensive Retreat

14 September @ 6:00 pm - 17 September @ 4:30 pm
Gaunts House, Wimbourne Dorset BH21 4JQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). This retreat will be aimed specifically for people in recovery from addiction of any kind, and will be run in conjunction with the Brighton Zen Society.

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November 2017
£45

3rd Annual Zenways Gathering

10 November @ 6:00 pm - 12 November @ 3:00 pm
The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8RH United Kingdom
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1st annual Zenways gathering group photo

Building on the success and popularity of our first annual Gathering, this will be our second Gathering. An opportunity for those who've trained as teachers with Zenways to come together and discuss how we move forward with our teaching and practice, pool resources, network, and simply touch base with our fellow teachers.

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£400

Zen Sesshin (5-day retreat) – Fierce and Fearless – Facing Death

12 November @ 6:00 pm - 17 November @ 4:00 pm
The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8RH United Kingdom
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Zenways sesshin 2015

This 5-day sesshin (Zen retreat) will be led by Zen master Daizan Skinner.

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December 2017
£15 - £25

Rohatsu all-night meditation

7 December @ 9:00 pm - 8 December @ 7:00 am
ZenYoga (Yugagyo Dojo), 2d Camberwell Grove
London, London SE5 8RE United Kingdom
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All-night meditation in memory of the Buddha's enlightenment.

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