The Four Elements Of Training

In Zen training we learn to recognize our Buddha nature and to allow it to manifest freely in everyday-life situations. The joy and happiness found within can naturally bring about an unconditional love for all life and inspire us to contribute to the welfare of others. In order to follow through on this grand vision, Buddhist practitioners take refuge in the Three Treasures — the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Most effective when addressed together, these Treasures are reliable buoys in the sea of confusion. They are intricately interwoven and can be appreciated on many different levels. Most obviously they stand for the face-to-face relationship between teacher and student (Buddha), the actual training that is required (Dharma), and a close association with other practitioners (Sangha).

At Zen River the Three Treasures are articulated in Four Elements of Training:


Meditation is the main focus of practice and serves as a base for all other elements


Ritual is seen as an essential counterpart to meditation, they complement each other perfectly.


Discovering how the scriptures can help us wake up to our innate wisdom.

Bodhisattva Activity

Exploring ways to manifest our true nature in the everyday world.

What people say about us

Refuges such as this are truly a treasure, especially amongst the urban bustle.  For me the missing link was community. Without it, Zen practice can easily become a solitary escape, haunted by doubts. Having dharma friends and a wise teacher transforms this, giving it life, focus, laughter and love. Come along and feel instantly relaxed and included by a lovely bunch just like you!
Craig McGill
The centre has been such a great help to myself and many others. It is my first time to practice zen meditation at this level and with such wonderful people who are so inviting 😊 It's a great place to learn more about the practice and yourself. I am glad to have found this peace sangha in Lancaster...It will make your heart smile 💓🙏
Karen Devlin
Suffering brought me here but coming here is not a cure or fix it. What I find at Zen Peace Centre though is a helping hand; compassionate guidance and friendly community based in Love and Kindness. I'm heard and seen here. There is no hierarchy, only our humble and trusted teacher Jitei who's commitment to Love and Kindness and selfess service serves as, for me at least, a role model for Peace.
Andy Farrell

In Service To All Beings

And For The Peace Of The World