This will be a Weekend (1.5 days) of Zen practice held in London and to be led by Senior Zen Teacher, Mokuho Guy Mercier
On Saturday 8th March, the full day sitting (zazen day) will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 6:30 PM. The day will be at the Aubert Court Community Centre near Arsenal tube station
On Sunday 9th March, the 1/2 day of zazen will begin at 9:30AM and go till 2:00PM and will be held at the North London Buddhist Centre near Holloway Road tube station (note, we are not affiliated to the North London Buddhist Centre)
After 2:00PM on Sunday, we will go to a local restaurant for Lunch, and all participants are welcome to join us
About the Teacher:
Guy Mokuho Mercier began practising zazen with Master Taisen Deshimaru in 1973, becoming his disciple in March of 1976 after receiving ordination as a monk.
After Master Deshimaru’s death in 1982, he remained active in the Paris sangha. From 1986 to 1991, he was again the tenzo at La Gendronnière, and became the head of the temple from 1991 to 1997. In September, 2008, he received Dharma transmission from Sojun Matsuno Roshi in Takefu, Japan.
Today, he is active in the AZI spiritual council and is the head of the Josen Dojo in Tours, France. And the Lanau Zen Center near Saint Flour in the Auvergne, in France. He leads sesshins in France, Spain, Switzerland and England.
Aubert Court Community Centre, Avenell Road, London, N5 1BL
Aubert Court Community centre is at the back of a council estate, about a 5 minute walk from Arsenal Tube Station. Turn left out of the tube station, take your first right on to Avenell Road , walk down Avenell Road past the old Arsenal stadium and turn right into the Aubert Court estate. Follow the road down to the end of the buildings and the community centre is right there on the Left. For bus routes on the nearby Highbury Park (A1201) see the TFL website.
Parking: NONE – we are not allowed to park on the estate, and today is a Match Day, so the street parking is restricted. HOWEVER, for those of you who simply must bring a car, we have provision for 4 or 5 cars to park at the nearby Sotheby Mews Centre (7 minutes walk away), off street. Contact Lana if you want to be one of these cars. Bicycles can be brought inside.
North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG
We are hiring the downstairs, bodywork (yoga) studio at the North London Buddhist Centre for this 1/2 day of zen practice. It is located on Holloway Road between the Holloway Road and Highbury & Islington Underground stations. Many bus routes go up and down Holloway road. The centre is near the corner with Fieldway Crescent right next to The Cycle Surgery.
Parking: Street parking is available on nearby streets, it is not a match day today. There is bicycle parking next to the Library.
Saturday: £25 – includes lunch, coffee, tea etc.
(if you require a discount, please contact the organiser)
On both days, PLEASE bring a zafu if you have one. Also wear loose fitting, dark coloured clothing.
On Saturday, please also bring a bowl (such as a cereal bowl) to eat your lunch, along with a spoon, a fork, and a cloth to wrap them in (such as a tea towel)
Please register to attend as lunch and equipment must be planned.
To register by post, please send a £5 deposit (or your full payment) This Form to Lana Berrington, 18 St. Augustines Road, Top Flat, London, NW1 9RN
- If registering by post: Cheques can be made out to “The London Zen Group”
- Or, register online: FIRST: Complete the form below and press send.. THEN, and proceed to use the PayPal button below: