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Toronto Zen Centre

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Toronto Zen Centre

Introduction to Zen Workshops


Conducted by Roshi Henderson and his students, Workshops are a practical and authentic introduction to Zen Buddhism. During the half-day schedule of talks, question periods, demonstrations and guided meditation, participants are introduced to the body-mind disciplines of Zen Buddhism.

In addition to providing an introduction to Zen, workshops are an ideal time to see how spiritual training is carried on at the Centre. Members are happy to answer questions about the Zen Centre and its programs. People who wish to discuss their own spiritual practice can talk with Roshi Henderson at the question-and-answer periods or during breaks.


    • Roshi Henderson begins the workshop with an introductory talk about the life of the Buddha and the main principles of Zen.

    • Meditation postures, methods of breathing and ways of concentrating the mind are taught by Roshi or a senior member, followed by two periods of guided Zen meditation.

    • After the sitting there is a question and answer period as well as a discussion lead by Roshi on how to relate Zen to daily life.

    • The workshop ends with refreshments, followed by a short meeting with information on membership and how to try out the Zen Centre formal sittings. Books on Buddhism are available, as are sitting benches and cushions.

Sunday Sitting

On the Sunday morning following the workshop, participants are welcome to come to the sitting, which may also include a chanting service and Zen talk.


Open to all people 18 and over (under 18 if accompanied by a parent or older friend and with parental consent). As space is limited, reservations must be made in advance, including payment in full. Assume you are accepted unless you hear to the contrary.

Refund Policy: When cancellations are made less than one week before the workshop, the contribution may be used for a subsequent workshop, but cannot be refunded. Note that cancellations must be made with at least 24 hours notice. If less than 24 hours notice is given, no credit for a future workshop will be given.

Members of the Centre and their immediate family may take this course for free.

What to Wear

Loose-fitting clothing is ideal. Skirts should be both long and full enough to sit with the legs crossed; pants should be quite loose. Best not to wear jeans. Please do not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Next Introductory Workshop

Date: TBD
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please arrive before 9.
Fee: $60
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