Flowers fall amid our longings. Weeds spring up amid our antipathies.
—Zen Master Dogen, Genjokoan, 1233

Teachers: John Gaynor (since 2002) and Sandy Chubb (since 2013)

Oxford Zen Centre was founded in 1993 by Sr. Elaine MacInnes in the tradition of Sanbo Zen, Kamakura, Japan.

We meet together for Zazen (sitting meditation) on Thursdays at Old Marston, Oxford and on Tuesdays in London at either St. Marks’ Church, Myddleton Square or St. James’ Church, Piccadilly.

We offer six residential retreats each year at Boars Hill, Oxford.

Our practice is to be always present at the stillpoint of emptiness and freedom of goneness realising the oneness and compassion of pure creativity in all its infinite possibilities and dimensions.

Our purpose is to free all beings from suffering, by our practice.

Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253) summarises our practice and purpose, as follows:

To study the Way, study the self.
To study the self, forget the self.
To forget the self, be awakened by the myriad things.
To be awakened by the myriad things, drop away the body and mind of self and other.
Let all traces of awakening fall away.
Then life with traceless awakening continues for ever.

—Genjokoan, 1233

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