Courses and Introductions

Introduction to Zen Meditation

2 Week course starting Saturday 3rd December 10am – 12pm

This course will include everything you need to get started with practising Zen. Each week will feature informal talks, practical demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions.

Getting Started – looking at what meditation is and how it’s practised within the Zen tradition. In the first week we’ll have practical posture workshops to help you sit with ease and find rest in a balanced posture that suits you. We’ll also look at embarking upon a daily practice and tips for how you can get started practising at home.

Turning In, Facing Out – introducing some of the traditions and rituals of Zen and how they might help us to practice together with the space, with each other and with the wider world. We’ll go on to have a look at Kinhin and the practice of walking meditation.

Bringing it Together – in the second week, we will sit a full period of Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen as practised at any of our weekly sittings, retreats and practice days. To finish up we’ll discuss how we can bring together all the elements covered in the course and how they might help us to establish a regular practice.

This course is free of charge and will take place at Rokpa House, 7 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DR.

Please email us to book a place, or if you have any questions.

Following On

After the Introductions, you can start practising with us by taking part in any of our weekly sittings, both in-person and online, our Retreats and our activities, such as chanting and calligraphy.

To support you as a novice practitioner, there will then be the opportunity of a follow up course looking at continuing and deepening practice, and we will offer ongoing support and guidance.

Introductory Talks

You can view a series of introductory talks given by John Fraser, covering the origins, practice and rituals of Zen:

Part 1 – The Origins of Zen

Introduction to Zen Part 1 – The Origins of Zen.
The first of John’s three part talk on the origins, practice and ritual of Soto Zen.

Part 2 – The Practice of Zen

Introduction to Zen Part 2 – The Practice of Zen
The second part of John’s three part talk on the origins, practice and ritual of Soto Zen.

Part 3 – The Rituals of Zen

Introduction to Zen Part 3 – The Rituals of Zen The second part of John’s three part talk on the origins, practice and rituals of Soto Zen.