Welcome to Beginner's Mind
An introduction programme to meditation
We’ve made this programme to be easy to fit into your life. There is a live interactive zoom sessions per week with opportunities to ask questions. And two live guided meditations on our Facebook page.
We have a dedicated private Facebook group that is only for our Sangha. A massive part of this programme is community, we want you all to grow together. The group will be filled with daily incentives so that you know that we are always here to support you. This support is so important in developing a daily meditation practice. The benefits to you will soon show themselves in your life.
The Beginner’s Mind programme is for you if :
- You feel stressed or anxious
- You feel disconnected with life.
- You want to have warmer relationships.
- You want to feel healthier.
- You want to feel peaceful in your life.
- You want to learn an ancient system of meditation.
- You are looking for direction in life
- You don’t have to be a Buddhist or even want to. It is just a gentle introduction to how meditation can change lives.
Here's how to start...
Join on any day, the choice is yours. All sessions are easy for complete beginner’s, just click on the links below.
7:30 to 8:30 PM
We start with a Guided Metta Meditation. Loving Kindness is woven through a guided Somatic meditation to give a calming and relaxing end to a busy week. Then we have tea and a chat and time for reflection and for questions and answers. A gentle introduction.
On the ZPC Facebook page
A short guided Metta meditation. We start by finding stillness in our body and mind and then offer Loving Kindness and Peace to ourselves, other people and to the world
Our Sangha Group
A closed Facebook Group for all of our Sangha to connect together in community. It's a place to ask questions of each others' practice, to share and to make friendships with people on the same path as you. Jitei and other Sangha members will be here to help and guide you.
Zoom has been a lifesaver this year. We have found it to be really effective in teaching meditation individually and especially in groups. We have connected people from all over the world and many friendships have come from it.
So, Zoom is now our primary way of being in these strange and difficult times. If you feel anxious about joining on Zoom then please let me know and we could have a one to one meeting via a Messenger Video call. Just send me an email and we can arrange it, email@example.com
Join our online Beginner’s Mind sessions for meditation instruction and to get the ‘feel’ of our practice.
Join our Private Facebook Sangha Group for daily practice support.
Start meditating regularly at home.
Start one to one sessions with Jitei to receive instruction in Shikantaza meditation, our core practice.
Establishing a practice
- Commit to a daily zazen practice.
Volunteer with the Zen Centre.
Start regularly attending monthly Sesshin (retreats) and other events
Join a study group
Committing to a Path
Participate in 5 and 7 day Zen Sesshin
Participate in an 3 month ango practice period
- Join us on Peace Pilgrimage.
After an extended time of practice at the Zen Centre, students can work towards recieving the Bodhisattva vows.
One to One meditation instruction
When you start to feel more confident with the Beginner’s Mind sessions you may want to take the step to learn more about the practice of Zen, to learn more about yourself.
In these one to one sessions you will be guided into our warm community of Zen practitioners by our resident priest Rev Jitei White.
One to One sessions last about an hour and can either be on Zoom or Facebook Messenger video.
Please email Jitei directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your first session. Timeslots are available in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Please note that all our sessions are free of charge and as a charity we are only able to offer our sessions through the kind donations that we receive.