Fall 5 Day Zen Retreat
Nov
7
to Nov 12

Fall 5 Day Zen Retreat

The Beginning of Zen.

The World-Honored One said, “I have the eye treasury of right Dharma, the subtle mind of nirvana, the true form of no-form, and the awless gate of the teaching. It is not established upon words and phrases. It is a special transmission outside tradition. I now entrust it to Mahakasyapa.”

Sesshin is a gentle and deep Zen meditation retreat. There are healthy vegan meals, interviews with the teacher, Zen talks and discussions, music and lots of quiet warmth and community to settle into. Some meditation experience is recommended however this retreat is open to everyone.

The retreat is both residential and non-residential. If you would like a more intimate experience of sesshin, there is room to stay at the Centre during the retreat. Please let us know what your preference is. Participants will receive an email after registering with information on what to bring and FAQ reference guide.

Cost*: $795, LZC members $550

More information and registration here.

*Note: scholarships available to those who have attended an LZC Orientation session and/or a LZC one day retreat. Send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way Ceremony
Nov
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way Ceremony

Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way

each branch of coral holds up the moon

The path of Zen, of awakening, is a path we walk together and not alone. It is a way of being in the world leads us to a deeper connection with all its beings (both sentient and non-sentient). The Zen Buddhist precepts guide us first to our heart and then to a way of living that encourages awakening. It's not about being perfect, rather its more about a commitment to the way and to your essence.

Join us for the Refuge Ceremony 2017 and welcome Sangha members as they take Refuge in the Bodhisattva way and receive their Rakusu.

 

 

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Bodhidharma Bare Bones 1/2 Day Retreat
Jan
7
9:00am 9:00am

Bodhidharma Bare Bones 1/2 Day Retreat

Bodhidharma - bring me your mind, and I will put it to rest.

Upholding the precepts,
repentance and giving,
the countless good deeds,
and the way of right living
all come from zazen.  ~Haukin  

A morning of Zen meditation. No dharma talks, no interviews with the teacher, no sutra service, no meals. Just sanzen (learning from meditation).

9am till noon.

Cost: LZC members - no cost; others - suggested $20 donation

Photo credit: Wes Reaman

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February Zen Retreat
Feb
11
9:00am 9:00am

February Zen Retreat

One Day Meditation Retreat

Abiding nowhere, let your heart-mind appear ~ Diamond Sutra

A Zen meditation retreat is a gentle way to tap into the unending nourishment and joy that flows just below the surface of your life.

Join us for this one day retreat, there will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, Dharma talks and discussion, and lots of quiet warmth. A light vegan lunch is included.

This retreat is led by Sensei Lynda Gaudry who brings a warm and genuine approach to Zen and meditation practice.

No experience is required and the retreat is open to everyone.

Cost*: $95 LZC Members $50
Registration: coming soon

*Note: scholarships available to those who have attended an LZC Orientation session and can't afford the full cost of the retreat, send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Spring Zen Retreat
Apr
24
to Apr 29

Spring Zen Retreat

Five Day Zen Retreat

The sun is warm, and a soothing breeze blows, 
on the bank the willows are green;

The ox is there all by himself, nowhere is he to hide himself;
~The Ten Oxherding Pictures, 3. by Kaku-an

Sesshin is a gentle and deep Zen meditation retreat. There are healthy vegetarian meals, interviews with the teacher, Zen talks and discussions, and lots of quiet warmth and community to settle into. Some meditation experience is suggested and this retreat is open to everyone.

Using meditation, koans, the arts, conversation and a deep intimacy, a zen retreat offers a modern, no nonsense, way to step into a more open and deeper way of experiencing your life.  

The retreat is both residential and non-residential. If you would like a more intimate experience of sesshin, there is room to stay at the Centre during the retreat. Please let us know what your preference is. Participants will receive an email after registering with information on what to bring and FAQ reference guide.

Cost*$895, LZC members $550. Register before January 16 and save $100.

More information and registration coming soon!

*Note: scholarships available to those who have attended an LZC Orientation session and/or a LZC one day retreat. Send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Introduction to Zen Workshop
Oct
14
8:00am 8:00am

Introduction to Zen Workshop

  • Grand River Unitarian Congregation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kitchener, Ontario

Zen is a broad and inclusive path that enriches all faiths and ways of life. 

Zen meditation is meant to change your life; it is like an underground river which runs unseen but nourishes everything above it. Zen koans are a creative and subtle way to take away any confusion and conflict in the mind and open new possibilities for action.

During this workshop there will be meditation, koans, art, dharma talks, discussion and the warmth of community.

No experience is required and this retreat is open to everyone.

Cost*$195

More information and registration links here!

*Note: scholarships available to those who can't afford the full cost of the retreat, send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Zen Buddhist Precepts Class
Sep
14
to Oct 19

Zen Buddhist Precepts Class

Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way

each branch of coral holds up the moon

The path of Zen, of awakening, is a path we walk together and not alone. It is a way of being in the world leads us to a deeper connection with all its beings (both sentient and non-sentient). The Zen Buddhist precepts guide us first to our heart and then to a way of living that encourages awakening. It's not about being perfect, rather its more about a commitment to the way and to your essence.

This six week class is open to all LZC members who have at been practicing at the centre for at least a year. After completion of the class and assignments participants are welcome to attend the Refuge Ceremony and receive their Rakusu and become an ordained Zen student (monk).

Register here

 

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Introduction to Zen
Sep
13
to Oct 18

Introduction to Zen

  • Introduction to Zen Class (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Beginning and deepening a meditation practice - a six week class

This six week class covers everything you need to develop a meditation practice in your life and also points to something even more fundamental - a way to experience and live in freedom and joy, no matter what the circumstances of your life. This is the path of Zen, and this class is a gateway to discovering this for yourself.  Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Cost:* $195, LZC Members $95

*Note: scholarships available to those who can't afford the full cost of the class, send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

More information and registration here.

Note: Class fee includes a copy of "Meditation, Now or Never" by Steve Hagen

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September Zen Retreat
Sep
10
9:00am 9:00am

September Zen Retreat

One Day Meditation Retreat

Join us for this one day retreat, there will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, Dharma talks and discussion, and lots of quiet warmth.

No experience is required and the retreat is open to everyone.

Cost*: $95 LZC Members $50

More information and registration here.

*Note: scholarships available to those who have attended an LZC Orientation session and can't afford the full cost of the retreat, send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Jungian Dream Group
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Jungian Dream Group

Dreams are messengers of our innermost authentic selves. They are gateways to the deep psyche and offer intimate maps to our personal evolution. This introductory group will meet twice monthly to explore the language of dreams and their meaning, based on Jungian psychology.

No experience is necessary. All are welcome.

This group is led by Daria Nedilski. A long time practitioner of Jungian dream work.

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June Zen Retreat
Jun
4
9:00am 9:00am

June Zen Retreat

One Day Meditation Retreat

 

Join us for this one day retreat, there will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, Dharma talks and discussion, and lots of quiet warmth.

No experience is required and the retreat is open to everyone.

Cost*: $95 LZC Members $50

Click here to register and for more information. 

*Note: scholarships available to those who have attended an LZC Orientation session and can't afford the full cost of the retreat, send a note to info@londonzencentre.org.

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Sunday's at the Centre - Art Photography Workshop #3
Mar
26
9:00am 9:00am

Sunday's at the Centre - Art Photography Workshop #3

A visual art workshop

Zen is steeped in the arts. Art can be both an expression of Zen and a way into Zen.

In this workshop we will explore the work of Todd Hido as a modern example of using photography to create visual art.  We will also explore working with koans visually, using fine art photography.

Workshop agenda:
We will spend a few hours in discussion and visual presentations, then shoot for about two hours. After spending some time with post editing work we will meet for final a presentation of our work and group feedback.

No experience is required and the workshop is open to everyone. If you would like to attend the workshop send an email to info@londonzencentre.org to receive instructions for pre-course work and information.

Cost: No cost for LZC Members, for others a donation of $50 is suggested.

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