FAQ’s

Questions we are frequently asked by telephone and email

Frequently Asked questions about the London Zen Groups

YES! Please check the schedule for times.
Introductions are weekly at London Bridge: Mondays 19:00, Caledonian Road: Thursdays at 19:00, Saturdays at 17:00, by arrangement at Brockley, and Tuesdays at 18:30 at Old Street
It’s very important that you are on time.

YES! – Please check the schedule for times.
You may or may not want to come to another introduction – that’s up to you, best to turn up early just to get re-oriented. Everyone is welcome to come at any time, regardless of how long it’s been 🙂
There is no need to contact us in advance.

YES! please –  if you’ve sat with a Soto Zen Buddhist group before, things will be very familiar to you.  If you’ve done other kinds of meditation, we will probably have specific forms and etiquettes that may be unfamiliar with and harmonising is very important to us. So please do come, just once, for a short introduction just to see how we do things.

No, we do things roughly the same way in nearly all AZI (Deshimaru) affiliated groups, best turn up a bit early the first time so you can see where the zafus are kept etc…

Please check the schedule – And DO CHECK the Front page Announcements/and/or/Calendar of Events!! We will post any closures up in these two places as well as announcing them on the email list – in fact – the email list is the place where it’s easiest to send out a last-minute announcement and we will do so – very rarely a problem with public transport or illness may result in a last minute cancellation .

Just your good self.  We have cushions and mats for folks to use.
Oh.. and it’s best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, preferably dark or subdued in colour.  We sit cross-legged on cushions on the floor.

One of the great things about zazen meditation practice  is that there is no advancement and nothing to gain.  Once you’ve had an introduction, then all our meetings are suitable for you regardless of how long or short a time you have been practising.  Zazen is just zazen.