What we're about

We belong to the Mountain and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. We meet every Monday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, in Conference Room 2 (top floor) of the Conference Centre at St Andrew's on the Terrace. The address is 30 The Terrace, in central Wellington. Attendance is free, though a contribution to the rent would be welcome, if possible ($5 - $10)

Our group is open to all those interested in exploring Zen practice. Newcomers are welcome: beginner instruction is available each Monday evening, providing orientation to the Zen Buddhist tradition, the practice of zazen, and the training and retreats offered by the Mountains and River Order in New Zealand.

On the first Monday of each month, we listen to a recent recorded dharma talk from one of MRO's teachers.

Teachers visit New Zealand twice a year to lead week-long silent retreats and workshops. Week-end retreats are held at Strathean on the Kapiti Coast twice a year.

Along with the weekly meditation, we participate in monthly online discussions ("mondo") with the teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order. These discussions are valuable opportunities to connect with a Zen teacher and clarify Zen practice in our everyday lives.

For more information, please visit our website at zen.org.nz

The Mountains and Rivers Order welcomes people of all cultural, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, gender or sexual orientation.

Upcoming events (5+)

Zen Meditation at St Andrew's on the Terrace

St Andrew's on the Terrace Conference Centre (top floor)

Please feel free to join us for an experience of zazen. If you are a beginner, an experienced practitioner will be available to give you the necessary instruction. It is advisable to wear comfortable, dark clothes. The session is free, except for koha if you can afford it.

Zen Meditation at St Andrew's on the Terrace

St Andrew's on the Terrace Conference Centre (top floor)

Please feel free to join us for an experience of zazen. If you are a beginner, an experienced practitioner will be available to give you the necessary instruction. It is advisable to wear comfortable, dark clothes. The session is free, except for koha if you can afford it.

Zen Meditation Weekend Retreat at Strathean Fri 3 May to Sun 5 May

The Wellington and Manawatu Zen groups invite you to join them for a weekend of concentrated Zen practice at Strathean, near Otaki on the Kapiti Coast. The schedule includes zazen (Zen meditation), liturgical services, recorded Dharma talks, and oryoki meals, offering a chance to restore and sharpen our focus on our lives. It is necessary for participants to have some prior experience with meditation: beginner's instruction is available at our regular group meditation on Monday evenings. You can find our timetable and venue on our regular MeetUp page. We would love to have you join us. Should you have special dietary requirements, let us know so that we may adjust the menu. All food is vegetarian. The travel time from central Wellington is about an hour and a half. Do you need transport to or from the retreat? Or can you assist with transport? Please let our coordinator know. The cost for the weekend is $150 including food, with subsidies available for those who need it. Should you require financial assistance, please contact our coordinator before the retreat. What to bring: sleeping bag, pillow (bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper) towel, toiletries torch raincoat woollen hat outdoor clothing and footwear for work practice loose clothing for meditation, in dark or muted colours To register, please contact our coordinator: [masked]

Autumn week-end retreat at Strathean, Fri May 3 to Sun May 5

You are cordially invited to join us for a weekend of concentrated Zen practice at our retreat which will take place at Strathean, near Otaki on the Kapiti Coast. The schedule includes zazen (Zen meditation), liturgy, recorded Dharma talks, and oryoki meals: all a precious opportunity to restore and sharpen our focus on our lives. The only prerequisite is that you have some experience sitting with a Zen group or a similar group. You can receive beginner's instruction at any of our Monday evening sits at St Andrew's (see below for details). We would love to have you join us. To register, please email our coordinator, including information about - any dietary requirements you may have. - whether you need assistance with transport to Strathean or are able to provide someone else with a lift. The trip to Strathean takes about an hour and a half. - whether you require some financial assistance. The cost is $150 for the weekend, with subsidies available for those on a low or limited income. If you require financial assistance, please contact us about this ahead of the retreat. Starts Friday 3rd May at 5:00pm - finishes Sunday 5th May at 2:00pm. What to bring: sleeping bag, pillow (bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper) towel torch raincoat woollen hat outdoor clothing and footwear for work practice loose fitting clothing for meditation, dark or muted in colour (Kiwi black is perfect). Feel free to forward this invitation on to others you think might be interested. If you’d like more details of what the weekend will involve, please get in touch. If you plan to attend, please let us know by the last week of April. To register please email [masked]

Past events (15)

Zen Meditation at St Andrew's on the Terrace

St Andrew's on the Terrace Conference Centre (top floor)

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