Photo: Angkor Wat, Cambodia © 

 Photo: Angkor Wat, Cambodia © 

Common Questions

Q: What do you do at the London Zen Centre?
A: There is Zen meditation, koans, one on one work with the teachers, retreats, the arts and community. It's a place to be with others on the same path and explore what it's like to live an awakened life in todays culture and time..

Q: What's your Zen Lineage?
A: Our lineage has evolved from the Sanbo Kyodan Japanese Zen School and was formed to a large extent in America by Robert Aitken and the Diamond Sangha. It is a school that straddles both Soto and Rinzai Zen and was influential in establishing koan Zen in the west. 

Q: Who are the teachers?

A: Guy Gaudry Roshi, Director of the London Zen Centre, received Dharma Transmission in the line of Robert Aitken, in early 2015.
Michael Lobb leads the Sitting in Recovery group. Lynda Gaudry Sensei, is the Head of Practice at the London Zen centre, where she also teaches. 

Q: How are you structured?
A: The London Zen Centre is an independent Non-Profit Corporation. 

Q: Are there any events outside London Ontario?
A: Yes! We also hold retreats and workshops in Kitchener, Guelph and Hamilton. See the Upcoming Events page for more details.

Q: Whats the best way to learn about Zen and the London Zen Centre?
A: The best way is to take the Introduction to Zen class which is offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. 
Another very good way is to come the Centre on the first Tuesday of every month, there is a free orientation starting at 7 pm. A brief introduction to Zen is offered and you will learn what goes on at the Centre and how to participate. 

Q: I am not a member of the Zen Centre, can I still attend events at the centre?
A: There is a free orientation to the Zen Centre on the first Sunday of every month that is open to the public. After attending the monthly orientation, or taking a class, people are welcome to attend the monthly community night, which is held on the second Monday of every month. 

Q: I like what you guys are doing and want to help, how do I become a member?
A: Check out the membership page on this website.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Nothing! All cushions and benches are provided.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Comfortable clothing is suggested, yoga pants work well. We'll be sitting on cushions on the floor.

Q: Is the Centre open to everyone?
AYes, everyone is welcome.

Q: Does the Centre make a profit?
ANo, the Centre is a Not for Profit Corporation, all funds received are used to cover the operating expenses of the centre.

Q: Where do I park?
A: There is parking in the driveway for about four cars and also along the east side of Waterloo Street about halfway up the block - check the signs.