Bodhidharma Bare Bones 1/2 Day Retreat
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

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

Everyone is welcome - zen meditation experience highly recommended as this a meditation intensive and there is no instruction. $20 suggested donation for non-members.

9am till noon.

Note: please do not wear any Canada Goose products to the Centre.

Photo credit: Wes Reaman

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Spring Five Day Zen Retreat
Apr
23
to Apr 28

Spring Five Day Zen Retreat

Five Day Zen Retreat

In the old days there were sixteen bodhisattvas. When it was time to bathe, they entered the bath together and suddenly realized the cause of water. They said, “This profound touch reveals the brightness that’s everywhere. ~ A Blue Cliff koan

Sesshin is a deep Zen retreat and a rare opportunity to "experience the brightness that is everywhere" for ourselves.

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

Cost:* $995, LZC members $695

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*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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One Day Zen Retreat
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

One Day Zen Retreat

One Day Zen Retreat

What is meditation? 
Zen Master Zhaozhou replied, "Its alive" 

A Zen retreat is an opportunity to discover for yourself the "aliveness" of meditation. Join us for this one day retreat; there will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, Dharma talks and discussion, music and lots of quiet warmth.

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

Cost*: $99, LZC Members $50

Note: please do not wear any Canada Goose products to the Centre.

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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Introduction to Zen Buddhism and Personal Growth
Sep
18
to Oct 30

Introduction to Zen Buddhism and Personal Growth

This eight 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 first step to discovering this for yourself. 

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Zen and personal growth.

  • What is so unique and powerful about Zen meditation.

  • Human Development models (how we change and how we don’t).

  • Introduction to Zen Koans, a unique and powerful way to broaden our consciousness.


Details coming soon!

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Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way Ceremony
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way Ceremony

Taking Refuge in the Bodhisattva Way

The path of Zen, awakening, is a path we walk together and not alone. It’s a way of being in the world that leads us to a deeper connection with all beings. 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, it’s more about a commitment to the way.

Join us for the Refuge Ceremony 2019 and welcome Sangha members as they take Refuge in the Bodhisattva way and receive their Rakusu.

 

 

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Fall Zen Retreat
Nov
26
to Dec 1

Fall Zen Retreat

Five Day Zen Retreat

A thousand mountains are covered with snow.
Why is one peak not white? ~ Zen koan

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.

Cost*: $995, LZC members $695 (Before August 30: $895, Members $595)

Registration opening 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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Orientation to the Zen Centre
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Orientation to the Zen Centre

On the first Tuesday of every month there is a free hour long orientation to the London Zen Centre.

We will review basic Zen meditation and practice and answer any questions. A brief orientation to the London Zen Centre is also offered.

The Zen Centre is a traditional Old North house, with the main entrance at the front, up a few stairs.

There is limited parking available at the Centre, five spots at 923 Waterloo Street. There are parking spots along the street as well, HOWEVER pay careful to the parking signs as cars do get ticketed for illegal parking!

No registration is required. Just show up 7pm. Cheers!

Note: please do not wear any Canada Goose products to the Centre.

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One Day Zen Meditation Retreat
Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

One Day Zen Meditation Retreat

One Day Zen Meditation Retreat

Layman Pang pointed to the snow falling through the air and said,
“Beautiful snowakes! They don’t fall in that other place.

A Zen koan and meditation retreat is a gentle way to settle into the stillness of winter. Join us for this one day retreat; there will be meditation and koans, interviews with the teacher, Dharma talks and discussion, music and lots of quiet warmth. No experience is required and the retreat is open to everyone.

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

SORRY - RETREAT IS FULL

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

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September Zen Retreat
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

September Zen Retreat

One Day Zen 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

Sorry, retreat is full. Watch website for next retreat.

*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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After the Honeymoon
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

After the Honeymoon

Sustaining Zen practice over the long-term - a one day workshop

The tricky part of Zen practice, isn't at beginning, its after a few years of practice. Zen practice is exciting at first, we make all sorts of discoveries and our lives become more satisfying and richer. Then -- we plateau and our practice becomes stuck and the magic seems lost. The honeymoon is over.

This is a dangerous time in Zen practice, for what we do now, has huge implications for our long-term personal growth and development. Our practice can deepen and become more functional, OR, practice can fade and our lives drift back to our old ways without us even noticing.

This workshops explores the pitfalls, minefields and traps of this phase of practice and presents ways to strengthen, enliven, and integrate our practice in our life, so our personal growth and development continues.

Cost:* $95 Included in this workshop is one year access to the online Zen Program, Inexhaustible Zen.

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

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May Zen Retreat
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

May Zen Retreat

One Day Zen Meditation Retreat

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.

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

Cost*: $95 LZC Members $50

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*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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Introduction to Zen Workshop
Oct
14
8:00 AM08:00

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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Summer Zen Retreat
Aug
23
to Aug 28

Summer Zen Retreat

Five Day Zen Retreat

In a well that was never dug
water ripples from a spring that doesn’t flow.
Someone with no shadow or form
is drawing the water. ~ Ikkyu

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.  

Cost*: 7895, LZC members $550

Registration details 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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Sunday's at the Centre - Art Photography Workshop #3
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

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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