life without borders
Introduction to Zen
Mar
25
Apr 29

Introduction to Zen

  • London Zen Centre

Six Week Zen Meditation Class

This 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 7-8:30pm

Cost: $95, LZC members $50   SORRY CLASS IS FULL

For more information or to register click here

Spring Zen Retreat
Mar
26
Mar 29

Spring Zen Retreat

  • London Zen Centre

Three Day Meditation Retreat

For thirty years I searched for the master swordsman.
How many times did the leaves fall
and the branches break into bud?
But from the moment I saw the peach blossoms,
I've had no doubts. ~ Lingyun

As winter slowly fades into the past and spring looms in front of us, signs of new life and new possibilities suddenly appear. Lingyun, one of our meditation ancenstors, while walking one day came across peach blossoms, suddenly, his heart opened and everything changed for him. A Zen meditation retreat creates a place for us to discover, just like Lingyun, our own new beginnings and possibilites.

Sesshin is a gentle and extended 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. No experience is required and this retreat is open to everyone.

Cost: $295, LZC members $175    SORRY RETREAT IS FULL

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Monthly Orientation to the Zen Centre
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Monthly Orientation to the Zen Centre

  • London Zen Centre

Interested in Zen or the Zen Centre?

There is an orientation session on the first Tuesday of every month. Zen and its various forms of practice are discussed. There is no charge and no need to register.

Solitary Brightness Retreat
Apr
19
9:00 am09:00

Solitary Brightness Retreat

  • Toronto 180 Sudbury S Toronto, ON, M6J 3H2 Canada

Ordinary mind is the wayOne Day Meditation Retreat in Toronto

Zhaozhou asked Nanquan, “What is the Tao?”
Nanquan said, “Ordinary mind is the Tao.
 ~ Zen koan

In this retreat we explore places of our lives that we often exclude from a spiritual journey, places that are sometimes dark and thick with desire, places that are full of anxiety and fear or places like work and the grocery store that just seem too ordinary to be anything special. 

A Zen meditation retreat is a gentle way to explore the possibility that fear and anxiety, desire and longing, might actually be the way into a whole and complete life and not something to be pushed away or "managed".  

There will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, talks and discussion, and lots of quiet warmth. No experience is required and the retreat is open to everyone.

Cost: $50

For more information or to register click here

 A Familiar Breeze
May
24
9:00 am09:00

A Familiar Breeze

  • London Zen Center

One Day Meditation Retreat

Someone comes to you in a dream and asks you what's your life all about. If you don’t answer, you fail your responsibility. What will you say? ~ Zen koan

Every now and then we may notice a certain unexplainable longing in our life. It may be a feeling of quiet unease that arises for no apparent reason or it could be a strange and vaguely familiar scene keeps playing out in our dream life. It is a question that has worried people of all times and cultures - but right here, now, how do you respond?

A Zen meditation retreat is a unique opportunity to explore the persistent question of our life in a deeply intimate way. There is meditation, healthy vegetarian meals, interviews with the teacher, Zen talks and conversation, and lots of quiet warmth and community.

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

Cost: LZC members $25, non-members $49

Solitary Brightness Retreat
Jun
14
9:00 am09:00

Solitary Brightness Retreat

  • Toronto

Dreams, Art and Koans. One Day Meditation Retreat in Toronto

Dreams, art and koans are like the prebiotic molecules found in the icy particles from interstellar space - they are stardust and contain the seeds of life.

Using meditation, koans, art, conversation and community, we bring to life the small and broken image fragments that often appear to us in quiet or dark times. New ways of understanding ourselves and the world often appear when we bring these fragments to life.

A Zen meditation retreat is a gentle way to explore the stardust that makes up our own life. There will be meditation and koans, talks and discussion, and lots of quiet warmth.

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

Cost: $50

For more information or to register click here

 

Fall Zen Retreat
Nov
10
Nov 15

Fall Zen Retreat

  • London Zen Centre

Five Day Meditation Retreat

Dizang asked Fayan, “Where are you going from here?” Fayan said, “I’m on pilgrimage.” “What sort of thing is pilgrimage?”
“I don’t know.”
“Not knowing is most intimate.”

Fayan suddenly had a great awakening.

Sesshin is an extended meditation retreat in the Zen tradition, a time to come together as a community, and settle deeply into practice. A rough translation of the Japanese word "sesshin" is to touch the mind, or become intimate with the mind. Becoming intimate with the mind, the heart and life as it really is, is exactly what happens at sesshin.

Cost: $395, LZC members $250

Details coming soon.


Annual General Meeting
Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Annual General Meeting

  • London Zen Centre

2014 is coming to an end and its been an incredible year of growth at LZC in so many ways. We are having a year end meeting and discussion of our plans for the upcoming 2015 season. We hope you can make it. The general meeting is open to all LZC members. 

"Stop the War" Koan Seminar
Nov
5
Dec 10

"Stop the War" Koan Seminar

  • "Stop the War" Koan Seminar

A six week class

Zen koans are a particularly effective way of taking us to places that we have forgotten exist. Ideas and beliefs that usually govern our lives, suddenly become clear, and new waters become available to us. Learn how to bring a Zen koan into your meditation, and more importantly into your life. Explore the joy, insight and freedom that the Zen koan path offers.

Lynda Gaudry is leading this seminar. She has been leading koan groups for the last two years and is the Practice Leader at LZC.

Cost: LZC members no charge

Introduction to Zen
Sep
24
Oct 29

Introduction to Zen

  • Introduction to Zen Class

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: $95, LZC members $57

Note: Class fee includes a copy of "Meditation, Now or Never" by Steve Hagen and "Bring Me The Rhinoceros" by John Tarrant