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Stonewater Zen: Beginning Zen

During the coronavirus crisis the StoneWater Centre is closed and we are instead practising together virtually using Zoom. 

Online Introduction to Zen

We still want to provide an opportunity for people to begin Zen practice. We have found that Zen practice helps us to face difficult times and we’d like to offer this to anyone who feels it may be of help to them.  If you are new to zen meditation or to
StoneWater you can find details of the
online introduction sessions here

StoneWater Zen Online

Once you have completed the online introduction sessions you are welcome to join us in our online zendo. It has 8 sessions a week so you can choose what time and day suits you.

Zen meditation sessions in the City Centre.

Beginners are welcome at Liverpool and at the associated StoneWater local groups. We view introducing meditation as a public service, regardless of whether or not you decide to continue.  In Liverpool the Beginning Zen course consists of
3 sessions.

Session 1 takes place once a month on a Saturday afternoon,1.30 to 3.30pm. This informal session includes instruction in zazen, correct posture in different sitting positions, and basic meditation techniques.  Our aim is that you will immediately
be able to do zazen comfortably at home.  Instruction is tailored to individual needs and there is opportunity for informal discussion over tea and biscuits. There is no expectation or pressure that you have to sit cross-legged on the floor if this is not
comfortable for you.

Session 2 is held as part of our weekly Saturday morning zazenkai and reviews your experience of zazen and introduces the form and practices associated with sitting as part of a group. We encourage you to do this within a month of Session

For session 3 we encourage you to attend one of our regular Wednesday or Thursday evening sittings which are normally led by our teacher, Keizan Sensei, and to do this soon after session 2.

How can I access this service?
You need to book a place on the Beginning Zen course in advance as numbers are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
When is this activity on?
See the link for the next session date and time
How much will it cost me?
The suggested donation for the 3 sessions is £15 paid at the first session. But we do not want money to be a barrier, if this is not possible give what you can afford – we will understand.
Disabled access
The centre is upstairs with no lift at present.
How to get there
The building is on Hope Street close to the Everyman Theatre. Buses run along nearby Hardman Street (80 and 86). All day secure parking for £4 is available at Mount Pleasant car park 10 minutes walk from the Zen Centre in Hope Street.
What should I bring with me?
It is best to wear loose, dark clothing that will be comfortable to sit in and won’t be a distraction to others.
Social media

Find Stonewater Zen on Twitter
and Facebook

What groups of people is this for?
The general public
What age groups is this for?
What areas of the city is this for?
People from anywhere in the city


Stonewater Zen: Beginning Zen, StoneWater Zen Centre, 13 Hope Street, L1 9BH
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