The Buddhist Meditation Room is upstairs in the Chaplaincy Centre. It is open to anyone wishing to use it to follow their personal meditation practice. There is a small library and tape library.
The room includes a Thangka of the Buddha painted by students for the 30th Anniversary of the Chaplaincy Centre, an image of Avalokiteshvara (Kuan-Yin) who personifies Universal Compassion, and a scroll of the Heart Sutra (The Scripture of Great Wisdom).
The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in term time from 5pm – 6.15pm in the Quiet Room of the University Chaplaincy Centre. During the Zen Meditation Hour group members also meditate together in the Buddhist Meditation Room.
Meditation instruction is available in any week – the style of meditation practised is called Zazen. Meetings usually include a short talk or reflection on meditation practice.
For further information contact Paul Taylor 07963 369076.
LOCAL BUDDHIST GROUPS MEETING IN LANCASTER
Each group / Centre in town welcomes newcomers and provides introductions to Buddhism and also gives meditation instruction. Each tradition has in its own way adapted Buddhist teaching to Western cultural styles. By visiting the groups you will be able to see whether they suit you and whether the style of practice there resonates for you.
The Centre is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition, a Mahayana Buddhist tradition founded by Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (www.kadampa.org). The Kadampa tradition was originally founded in Tibet by Buddhist Master Atisha and promoted widely there by Je Tsonkhapa and his followers. The Centre at 93 King Street offers a wide range of practical classes and advice on the practice.
CONTACT Ven. Kelsang Dema 01524 596 108 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.meditationinlancaster.org
The Group follows the Soto Zen tradition. Its practice emphasises integrating meditation (Zazen) with mindful living. It is affiliated to the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives Zen lineage (OBC), and it has close links with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey (www.throssel.org). Zen Monks from the Abbey regularly visit the group meetings and lead local practice days. Meetings: Monday evenings, Friends Meeting House, Lancaster.
CONTACTS Kate Shirra-Gibb 01524 39918 / Paul Taylor 07963 360 076. See: www.lancasterserenereflection.org.uk
The Rolling Tide Sangha is part of the UK Community of Interbeing which follows the mindfulness practice and teachings of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. The group meets at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster on the first and third Thursdays in each month.
Zen Buddhist meditation is held at The Tara Centre every Wednesday under the guidance of Rev Jitei White. He is a Zen Priest in the White Plum lineage of Soto Zen who teaches loving-kindness, mindfulness and shikan-taza meditation, and leads local events.
CONTACT Rev Jitei White 0778 600 6884 Jiteiwhite @gmail.com