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The Brighton Soto Zen Group has been offering zazen (seated meditation) in the heart of Brighton since 2003. Zazen is led by ordained members of the Association Zen Internationale, which was founded in France in the 1960's by Master Taisen Deshimaru, a disciple of Kodo Sawaki Roshi.

In IZAUK groups, when we practise zazen, we practise ‘Shikantaza’ or ‘just wholehearted, exact, sitting’. This is silent, seated, objectless meditation. We sit still and upright, offering our complete attention to each moment.

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Zazen Introductions

Studio iO

Hello and welcome to our regular Friday evening zazen event (unguided seated meditation). The first time you attend one of our zazen sessions it is kindly requested that you are introduced to the ways in which we meditate and the customs we adhere to (the customs are intended to assist us in our mediation practice). You can signal your attendance simply by marking that you will be coming along to this event (although you are equally welcome to turn up to the introduction without letting us know). There are usually at least six or seven who attend along with the people who signal their intent here, so it is a friendly and regularly attended group. The introductions last around 15 minutes and normal zazen follows until 20:30. Following the introduction, on Fridays, we have 25 minutes of zazen, then kinin (walking meditation) then another 25 minutes of zazen followed by the Heart Sutra and some other light ceremony. Full information can be found here http://www.zenbrighton.co.uk In IZAUK groups, when we practise zazen, we practise ‘Shikantaza’ or ‘just wholehearted, exact, sitting’. This is silent, seated, objectless meditation. We sit still and upright, offering our complete attention to each moment. To practise zazen, sit cross-legged on a zafu – a firm round cushion commonly stuffed with kapok (or sometimes buckwheat hulls). The pelvis is tilted very slightly forwards. Knees connect firmly with the earth, and the spine naturally extends upwards, lifting the crown of the head towards the sky. The chin is tucked gently in, stretching the back of the neck. The shoulders relax naturally back and down. The abdomen relaxes. The left hand is placed palm upward upon the palm of the right hand, middle fingers aligned. The tips of the thumbs touch very gently, forming an oval: the cosmic mudra. The little fingers touch the abdomen. Eyes are at 45 degrees downwards, neither open nor closed, focussed on nothing. Awareness rests on body and breathing. Breathing is slow, powerful and natural. Letting go to a long exhale, fully relaxing the abdomen, and receiving the inhale naturally when it comes. Sitting with no purpose or desire for gain, allowing thoughts and emotions which arise to float past like clouds in the sky. Some days, the clouds are small. Other days, they are mighty storms. But by practising in this way, we can experience that however they may be each day, they are simply fleeting appearances within vast emptiness. Suggested donation: £5, unwaged: £3 Contact: If you would like to contact us about zazen then please do so via [masked] and not via meetup.com because we don't always check the messages here. Thank you

Zazen Introductions

Studio iO

Hello and welcome to our regular Monday morning zazen event (unguided seated meditation). The first time you attend one of our zazen sessions it is kindly requested that you are introduced to the ways in which we meditate and the customs we adhere to (the customs are intended to assist us in our mediation practice). You can signal your attendance simply by marking that you will be coming along to this event (although you are equally welcome to turn up to the introduction without letting us know). There are usually at least six or seven who attend along with the people who signal their intent here, so it is a friendly and regularly attended group. The introduction lasts around 15 minutes and normal zazen follows from 07:30 until 08:30. Following the introduction, on Mondays, we have two lots of 25 minutes of zazen followed by the Heart Sutra and some other light ceremony such as ringing bells. Full information can be found here http://www.zenbrighton.co.uk In IZAUK groups, when we practise zazen, we practise ‘Shikantaza’ or ‘just wholehearted, exact, sitting’. This is silent, seated, objectless meditation. We sit still and upright, offering our complete attention to each moment. To practise zazen, sit cross-legged on a zafu – a firm round cushion commonly stuffed with kapok (or sometimes buckwheat hulls). The pelvis is tilted very slightly forwards. Knees connect firmly with the earth, and the spine naturally extends upwards, lifting the crown of the head towards the sky. The chin is tucked gently in, stretching the back of the neck. The shoulders relax naturally back and down. The abdomen relaxes. The left hand is placed palm upward upon the palm of the right hand, middle fingers aligned. The tips of the thumbs touch very gently, forming an oval: the cosmic mudra. The little fingers touch the abdomen. Eyes are at 45 degrees downwards, neither open nor closed, focussed on nothing. Awareness rests on body and breathing. Breathing is slow, powerful and natural. Letting go to a long exhale, fully relaxing the abdomen, and receiving the inhale naturally when it comes. Sitting with no purpose or desire for gain, allowing thoughts and emotions which arise to float past like clouds in the sky. Some days, the clouds are small. Other days, they are mighty storms. But by practising in this way, we can experience that however they may be each day, they are simply fleeting appearances within vast emptiness. Suggested donation: £3, unwaged: £2 Contact: If you would like to contact us about zazen then please do so via [masked] and not via meetup.com because we don't always check the messages here. Thank you

Just Sitting - silent unguided meditation in the zen tradition

New Road Psychotherapy Centre

Hello :-) The ‘just sitting Brighton’ group offers unguided, silent meditation for 50 minutes every Thursday morning. You can signal your attendance simply by marking that you will be coming along to this event (although you are equally welcome to turn up without letting us know, if you forget to cancel it is not a problem!). There are usually at least six or seven who attend along with the people who signal their intent here, so it is a friendly and regularly attended group. Although ‘just sitting’ is often associated with shikantaza, a form of meditation practised in Soto Zen Buddhism, we would like to emphasise that we provide a safe, friendly space for all meditators, whatever their practice. Come and join us as we sit together in stillness and silence and make a wonderful start to your day! Suggested donation: £3, unwaged: £2 All welcome. If you would like to contact us about the Just Sitting session then please do so via [masked] and not via meetup.com because we don't always check the messages here. Thursday morning, 7:30 to 8:20 (Shared doorway with Leaders estate agents) New Road Psychotherapy Centre. 28 New Road, Brighton. BN1 1UG If the ground floor door is locked, please press the 'group room' buzzer. Apologies there is no disabled access at the moment due to stairs

Zazen Introductions

Studio iO

Hello and welcome to our regular Friday evening zazen event (unguided seated meditation). The first time you attend one of our zazen sessions it is kindly requested that you are introduced to the ways in which we meditate and the customs we adhere to (the customs are intended to assist us in our mediation practice). You can signal your attendance simply by marking that you will be coming along to this event (although you are equally welcome to turn up to the introduction without letting us know). There are usually at least six or seven who attend along with the people who signal their intent here, so it is a friendly and regularly attended group. The introductions last around 15 minutes and normal zazen follows until 20:30. Following the introduction, on Fridays, we have 25 minutes of zazen, then kinin (walking meditation) then another 25 minutes of zazen followed by the Heart Sutra and some other light ceremony. Full information can be found here http://www.zenbrighton.co.uk In IZAUK groups, when we practise zazen, we practise ‘Shikantaza’ or ‘just wholehearted, exact, sitting’. This is silent, seated, objectless meditation. We sit still and upright, offering our complete attention to each moment. To practise zazen, sit cross-legged on a zafu – a firm round cushion commonly stuffed with kapok (or sometimes buckwheat hulls). The pelvis is tilted very slightly forwards. Knees connect firmly with the earth, and the spine naturally extends upwards, lifting the crown of the head towards the sky. The chin is tucked gently in, stretching the back of the neck. The shoulders relax naturally back and down. The abdomen relaxes. The left hand is placed palm upward upon the palm of the right hand, middle fingers aligned. The tips of the thumbs touch very gently, forming an oval: the cosmic mudra. The little fingers touch the abdomen. Eyes are at 45 degrees downwards, neither open nor closed, focussed on nothing. Awareness rests on body and breathing. Breathing is slow, powerful and natural. Letting go to a long exhale, fully relaxing the abdomen, and receiving the inhale naturally when it comes. Sitting with no purpose or desire for gain, allowing thoughts and emotions which arise to float past like clouds in the sky. Some days, the clouds are small. Other days, they are mighty storms. But by practising in this way, we can experience that however they may be each day, they are simply fleeting appearances within vast emptiness. Suggested donation: £5, unwaged: £3 Contact: If you would like to contact us about zazen then please do so via [masked] and not via meetup.com because we don't always check the messages here. Thank you

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