“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.”
Due to ongoing closure of the Lumen church we’re sorry to say our Wednesday evening sits are still suspended, however as of June 2021 our monthly day retreats are now happening again on the first Sunday of each month at Holdspace in Islington. To be notified of any changes please subscribe to our news email if you haven’t already.
Tom and Matt can be contacted by email or using our contact form. We hope everyone keeps safe and well.
A bit about us
We are a group of Buddhists practicing zazen and following the teachings of Gautama Buddha as passed down to us through the lineage of Nagarjuna and Dogen. Dogen Sangha in London currently has one group which meets from 6.45pm to 9pm every Wednesday evening at Tavistock Place to practise Zazen and 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, himself 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 feelings or 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 1987 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 these groups is separate and autonomous.