Zazen in London

Sitting meditation (zazen) at our dojo in South London

Try out Zen practice at Yugagyo Dojo (ZenYoga) in Camberwell, London.

Zen is strongly associated with group practice. Having the opportunity to be with others on the same path and in a place dedicated to this work is tremendously beneficial.

Zen meditation session schedule

Introduction and orientation
Sundays 6.15-6.45 pm –
This is held online. Please attend online before coming to the dojo in-person. Further details below.

Sundays 7.00-8.30 pm
led by Daizan Roshi (or other Zenways teachers)
– Chanting
– Dharma Talk
– Zazen
– Sanzen (private Zen interview)
– After 8:30pm we have an informal optional tea finishing about 9pm.

Tuesdays 7-8 am
led by Daizan Roshi (or other Zenways teachers)

– Zazen
– Sanzen (private Zen interview)
– Followed by informal optional tea finishing about 8:30-9am.

You’re very welcome to come a few times to see whether you find our style of practice helpful. There is no charge. However if you decide you want to attend regularly, please sign up as a Zenways member – our organisation relies for its survival on your donations.

Directions to our dojo: how to find us

Booking to attend our London Dojo

For the time being we’ll be following the government-recommended 2m social distancing. The capacity of each session will therefore be limited to 11 places. That means you must book a space before coming to the dojo.


Daizan would like to reassure everyone that we’ll be continuing to offer all that we do online. Full details of how to join with us for our online practice here.

What you need to know before coming to the dojo in-person

  • When you arrive, we ask you to queue up outside the dojo and come in one-by-one to take off your shoes, put them in the cloakroom and find your place. This will make sure we won’t have a bottleneck by the shoe rack.
  • We will ask that you maintain social distancing throughout, and wear a mask at all times inside the dojo (unless you’re exempt).
  • Sanzen in-person will not be available. If you’d like sanzen, please log in for Skype sanzen at one of the other times in the week.
  • There will be an opportunity to stay for tea afterwards. There will be one person making the tea and serving it to minimise unnecessary sharing of contact with the tea pot etc.
  • You will then need to leave one-by-one, again to avoid close contact.
  • If you have the NHS App on your phone and leave it in the cloakroom, there’s a chance it might think you’re spending time in close proximity to other people’s NHS Apps. Please beware of this potential.
  • We will be doing our best to minimise the risks, not eradicate them. So please use your own judgement when deciding whether to come.
  • If you realise you can’t come in the end, please cancel your ticket so that others can have the chance to come.
  • We will be asking for 1-2 people per session to volunteer to leave in the unlikely event that someone new comes that didn’t know that they needed to book.

Welcome and Orientation Session

If you’ve not practised Zen before or attended one of our Zen meditation sessions, then please attend our short welcome and orientation session on Sundays 18:15-18:45. This will be held online only.
Join on Zoom using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89059735225?pwd=b1E0OHVIRFp4R0NZeit4QkdkeGt0dz09)

In these sessions you will learn from one of our trained meditation teachers about how to practise Zen meditation and what happens in our group practice session. We will show you how to chant, how to bow, how to get individual instruction with the teacher (sanzen), and how to continue your practice day-to-day.


 

If you can’t attend in-person, join us online

We make every effort to make sure what we offer is available in-person and online. To find out more about joining our practice sessions remotely, click here.

 

A group behaves just like a coal fire. A burning ember that is not fanned goes out all by itself. A big pile of embers becomes a blazing furnace. When there are many of us, each person must take it upon himself to not disturb the others, by virtue of which we obtain a unique atmosphere. It is precisely by this atmosphere that we recognize a dojo of the Buddha Way.Zen Master Sawaki Kodo