The Tavistock Place Sitting Group

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Due to current government public health advice to stop non-essential contact with other people we’re sorry to say we’re suspending our Wednesday evening sits and monthly day retreats for the time being. They’ll resume just as soon as government advice changes and to be notified of this please subscribe to our news email if you haven’t already.

In the mean time Tom and Matt can be contacted by email or our contact form. We hope everyone keeps safe and well till our next sit.

We normally sit every Wednesday evening at the Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place. If you haven’t sat with us before, please arrive at 6.35 pm so we can show you the ropes, otherwise please arrive at 6.45 pm. To be comfortable whilst sitting it’s best to wear loose clothing and preferably dark. We spend one hour in the zendo – two 25 minute sessions of zazen with 10 minutes of kinhin (slow walking) in between. After that we have tea and discussion. The talks are often wide-ranging and free-form, but we keep a loose focus around the teaching of our sangha rather than Buddhism in general. We ask for a contribution of between £5 and £10 towards our expenses, but if you really don’t have money please come anyway.

Ketsudo Tom Brodie and Shodo Matt Greenshields run and organise the group, because they enjoy the practice of sitting with others regularly. Eido Mike Luetchford, Dogen Sangha UK’s founder joins us to give a talk at our monthly day retreat when he’s able to. Tom and Matt received dharma transmission from Mike in 2020.

Jikido Andrew Deakin founded the group after meeting Mike Luetchford in Tokyo in 1998, when he was directed to Gudo Wafu Nishijima’s talks and sittings. Mike introduced him to the practice of zazen and the philosophy which attempts to describe the nature of experience and existence. He received dharma transmission from Mike in 2013.

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