“To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be realised by all things.”
A bit about us
We are a group of Buddhists practicing zazen and following the teachings of Gautama, as passed down to us in the lineage of Nagarjuna and Dogen. Dogen Sangha in London currently has one group which meets from 6.45pm to 9pm each Wednesday evening at Tavistock Place to practise Zazen and to discuss Buddhism.
Our teacher is Eido Mike Luetchford, who practiced and studied Buddhism in Japan for more than 30 years under the guidance of Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi who was a student of Master Kodo Sawaki – an itinerant monk famous for his efforts to restore the practice of Zazen to its rightful place at the centre of Buddhism.
Zazen is the simplest form of action, when we are sitting we do not intentionally think about anything or concentrate on our feelings and perceptions. We sit in a simple non-discriminating state where our body-and-mind is balanced and undivided. In this balanced state of non-thinking we can find our true nature.
Dogen Sangha was set up in 1977 by Gudo Wafu Nishijima, and his students at that time – Mike and Yoko Luetchford, Jeff Bailey, Mike Cross and Larry Zacchi. Since then, many of Nishijima Roshi’s Dharma heirs have set groups up in various countries around the world. Although we share a common lineage, heritage and some affiliation, each of those groups are separate entities, operating autonomously. Our London organisation was started by five of Eido Mike Luetchford’s students and the groups running in London work as one organisation.