Photo credit: Wes Reaman

Photo credit: Wes Reaman

The London Zen Centre...

The London Zen Centre's mission is to bring the deeply transformative Zen Buddhist teachings to life so everyone can experience for themselves the warmth, depth and joy of Zen.  

At the London Zen Centre you can learn Zen meditation, study and work with Zen koans, start or deepen a meditation practice and work directly with authentic Zen teachers.

Our community (sangha) is a place of warmth, support, personal growth and environmental responsibility. We want to do our bit to care for the world and its beings. 

The Zen path is a broad and inclusive path that shows us that our life, just as it is, is the gateway to freedom. It's a path walked together not alone. If you would like to learn about Zen: take an Introduction to Zen Class, come to a Tuesday evening orientation or JOIN NOW and become part of the community - everyone is welcome.  

Q: What do you do at the London Zen Centre?
A: There is Zen meditation, koans, one on one work with the teachers, retreats, dharma talks and discussion, 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, a school that straddles both Soto and Rinzai Zen and was influential in establishing koan Zen in the west. In America it took root with with Robert Aitken Roshi and evolved into the Pacific Zen School under John Tarrant Roshi.

Q: Who are the teachers?
A: Guy Gaudry Roshi, Director of the London Zen Centre, received Dharma Transmission from John Tarrant Roshi (in the line of Robert Aitken).
Lynda Gaudry Sensei, is the Practice Director at the London Zen Centre, where she also teaches.
Michael Lobb leads the Sitting in Recovery group and teaches meditation.

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 across Canada. 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 Tuesday (at 7pm) of every month that is open to the public. After attending the orientation, or taking a class, people are welcome to attend the open house 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, we'll be sitting on zen 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.