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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

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 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 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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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), 24a 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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3 day Intensive Zen retreat

8 December @ 6:00 pm - 11 December @ 2:00 pm
Noddfa, Penmaenmawr, Noddfa, Conwy Old Road
Penmaenmawr, North Wales LL34 6YF 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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