News Update:

As at 9 Feb there are now very few places left on the Crosby April Sesshin.  To guarantee a place you will need to book and pay your deposit as soon as possible.  Once full, names will be added to a waiting list.

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Keizan Roshi’s New Year Message

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We are a Zen Buddhist organisation in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi. StoneWater Zen Sangha has a traditional, authentic lineage and has been established in Liverpool for over fifteen years. The Sangha is growing and there are now groups across the UK.

The group is led by Dr David Keizan Scott Roshi and is affiliated to the White Plum Asanga.

We provide the facilities for traditional Zen training throughout the week. See our Liverpool schedule for details.

Every year we have two sesshin at Crosby Hall and regular retreats at our zendo in the Lake District. See our events page for details.

We are a warm and friendly group and beginners are always very welcome.

Mission Statement

StoneWater Zen Sangha is founded on the teachings of the Soto Zen tradition. Its aim is to promote and develop the practice and transmission of Zen Buddhism through meditation, study, precepts, Buddhist psychology and stewardship of meditation centres that are open to all regardless of gender, race or sexuality.

Our teachers and senior monks offer a regular weekly meditation schedule, several intensive retreats annually, and maintain city centre and rural training centres locally and nationally.

“It is our wish to promote compassion and understanding for life as it is.
May penetrating light dispel the darkness of ignorance.
May we realise the Buddha Way together.”

StoneWater Zen Centre Liverpool

We offer a regular weekly Zazen schedule at the times below. Outside of these times, the Centre is not staffed and is used by other groups for a variety of activities (see Other Classes under the StoneWater tab). If you would like more information or to arrange a time to meet someone, please use the Contact tab, or drop in during the Thursday morning Open House 11am-12pm.

Tuesday morning
6.50am for 7.00am start – finish at 7.50am

Wednesday morning
6.50am for 7.00am start – finish at 7.50am

(Evening Sitting)
6.45pm for 7.00pm start - finish at 9pm
Consisting of two 30-minute periods with kinhin, then our weekly service. The service is followed by tea and dharma talk (teaching) by Keizan Roshi.

Thursday morning
10.00am to 12.00pm
Zazen followed by tea 10 - 11am. ‘Open house’ from 11am to 12pm.

(Evening Sitting)
6.45pm for 7.00pm start - finish at 9pm
Consisting of two 30-minute periods with kinhin, followed by tea and dharma talk (teaching) by Keizan Roshi.

Saturday morning 9.15 for 9.30am start - finish at 12.30pm.
Consisting of three 30-minute periods with kinhin, followed refreshments and a talk/discussion led by a monk or senior student.
Every Saturday except the first Saturday of the month.