News Update:
New Online morning schedule from 15 June
The weekday morning sittings have been so popular and successful that we will be extending them to an hour from Monday 15 June.
This is the day when many people will be returning to work so we will be starting earlier so these people can still join us.  Equally, you may not wish to get up earlier and so it will still be possible to join at 7.30.  You have the choice – join us for an hour or half an hour, as you wish.
Here’s the new schedule which will operate Monday-Friday:
6.55am Online Zendo opens with a 10 minute period to chat with others if you wish.
7.05am First sitting of 25 minutes.
7.30am Break of 5 mins – microphones remain muted – for people to stretch their legs, leave or join silently as they wish.
7.35am Second sitting of 25 minutes.
8.00am Verse of Kesa and 3 bows.  Then an informal period for people to chat for a few minutes if they wish.

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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 and the four hoshi teachers Shinro, Suigen, Tanzan 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
7.00am start – finish at 8.10am

Tuesday morning
7.00am start – finish at 8.10am

Wednesday morning
7.00am start – finish at 8.10am

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

Thursday morning
7.00am start – finish at 8.10am

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

Friday morning
7.00am start – finish at 8.10am

Saturday morning
9.15 start - finish at 11am.