Zazen at the Dojo
Please check for updates on our Dojo Bookings Page which always carries the latest set of dates for which bookings can be made. It is not permitted to attend without having booked in advance.
Currently, the Dojo is operating a revised schedule with limited numbers, to ensure protection from Covid-19 infection. We open on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings exclusively for people who have pre-booked. We open our doors at least 10 minute before sits begin.
The Dojo will close after zazen on Sunday 20th & re-open on Wednesday 30th December. Virtual sits will be suspended from 23rd to 27th December inclusive.
On New Year’s Eve the Dojo will host an evening of zazen, starting at 20:30 and ending after midnight – including two sets of zazen with kinhin, plus an informal Dharma talk, ceremony and a virtual ‘toast’ to welcome in the New Year. Full schedule on our Mixlr events page
Broadcasts during Covid-19 period
We run a ‘Virtual Dojo’ schedule led by monks, nuns and lay practitioners across the country. Some broadcasts are from the Dojo itself. Further details on our broadcast site.
Join us for zazen & chanting while you sit in your own space – Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings at 07:00, plus Wednesday evening at 18:00 and Sunday morning at 08:30. The wood sounds five minutes before the sit starts. Click the MIXLR play button below when we’re ‘on-air’ **
** Or access on your smartphone, tablet or Chromebook using the MIXLR Android or iPhone app
These links allow you access practical guidance on practising at home/online:
Supporting the Dojo in the Covid-19 period
Practitioners can continue to support the Dojo and the life of the Sangha by making a donation or becoming a regular supporter.
When the Dojo is fully operational, we sit five times a week. We usually run a half-day sit on the first Sunday of each month, starting at 8.30. We also hold talks regularly. The contact page gives further details.
Please see our Facebook page for information about upcoming activities.
Bristol Zen Dojo is part of an international network of zen centres, the International Zen Association (AZI), which has strong links with the Japanese Soto Zen school.
International Zen Association (UK) holds sesshins (retreats) three times a year across the country. See the IZAUK page for details of upcoming sessions.