The Tavistock Place Sitting Group

We sit each Wednesday evening at the Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place.
Please arrive at 6.45pm to allow time to get ready for the sitting, which begins at 7pm. To be comfortable whilst sitting it’s best to wear loose, preferably dark clothing. If you haven’t sat with us before, please arrive 10-15 minutes early so we can show you the ropes. We spend one hour in the zendo (two 25 minute sessions of zazen with a break of kinhin (slow walking) in between). After that we have tea and discussion. The talks are often wide-ranging and free-form in nature, but we try to keep a loose focus around the teaching of our sangha rather than “Buddhism” in general.” We ask for a contribution of £5-10 towards our expenses, but if you really don’t have money please come anyway.

Andrew Jikido DeakinI look after the running and organisation of our group in Central London. I met my teacher, Mike Eido Luetchford in Tokyo in 1998, when I was directed (by the Japanese Tourist Board) to Gudo Wafu Nishijima’s talks and sittings. Mike introduced me to the practice of zazen and to the philosophy which attempts to describe the nature of experience and existence. I received the Buddhist precepts from Mike in January 2000. I run this group because I love to sit with other people regularly, and I want to understand my own life better. I value the sharing in discussion of practice and teaching openly and honestly, that can be a profoundly fascinating and satisfying experience. I currently work in Fair Trade and am training part time for an M.A. in Psychotherapy.
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