The Stonewater Zen Centre is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently meeting regularly online, please see our Online Zendo page for further details.

News Update:

Dharma Transmission for John Suigen Kenworthy

John Suigen Kenworthy received Dharma Transmission from Keizan Roshi on Wednesday 31st March.
Suigen Sensei is Roshi’s second Dharma Successor, joining Shinro Sensei who received Dharma Transmission in October 2020.

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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

During the pandemic we have closed the Liverpool Centre and moved our sittings online. The schedule of Online Zendo sessions is set out below.

All the sessions include 2 periods of zazen with a short break. The Wednesday and Thursday evening sittings, and the Saturday morning sittings, include talks by: Keizan Roshi, Shinro Sensei, Suigen Sensei, and the two hoshi teachers, Shoji and Hogen, and other guest speakers. The Wednesday evening sitting includes a short service.

We also offer online Introductory classes and interviews with teachers by arrangement. See SWZ Online for further information..

Monday morning
7.05am start – finish at 8.00am

Tuesday morning
7.05am start – finish at 8.00am

(Evening Sitting)
7.00pm start - finish at 8.45pm

Wednesday morning
7.05am start – finish at 8.00am

(Evening Sitting)
7.00pm start - finish at 9pm

Thursday morning
7.05am start – finish at 8.00am

(Evening Sitting)
7.00pm start - finish at 9pm

Friday morning
7.05am start – finish at 8.00am

Saturday morning
9.15 start - finish at 11am.