Nelson – The Southern Skies Zendo
The Nelson MRO Zen group holds Zen Buddhist meditation sessions throughout the week at the Southern Skies zendo . The zendo is open to all those interested in discovering the ceaseless practice of self-study known as zazen.
Let me respectfully remind you
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken!
Awaken! Take heed. Do not squander your life.
– The Evening Gatha
Beginner instruction is available each Monday evening by appointment. This instruction provides newcomers with an orientation to the Zen Buddhist tradition, to the practice of zazen, and to the resources and retreats offered by MRO regional groups. It is necessary to receive beginner instruction before taking part in the regular weekly schedule of practice. There is no charge for attending zazen at the zendo, although a gold-coin donation towards the upkeep of the building is appreciated.
The Nelson MRO Zen group is open to people of all cultural, ethnic, gender and religious backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing Zen Buddhist meditation. The zendo is a short distance from Nelson's town centre.
The Nelson takes part in monthly Skype-based discussions with the teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order. These encounters help practitioners clarify their understanding of Buddhism and its implications for everyday life. To learn more about upcoming Zen events in Nelson contact us.
National Zen Events in Nelson
Each July, the head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, Shugen Sensei, visits Nelson to lead a programme of Zen training. The events culminate in a week-long silent meditation intensive known as sesshin. Held at Rotoiti Lodge in the St Arnaud range, sesshin is a valuable opportunity for practitioners to deepen their practice.
This year we will be offering the following programme of events:
Friday 13th July: Public Talk at Fairfield House
Saturday 14th July: 1 day workshop. Topic to be confirmed
Sunday 15th July: Zenz Annual General Meeting at 10 am
Sunday 15th July: Sesshin from Sunday 15th July, 5pm until Saturday 21st July 2pm
Saturday 21st July: 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. 6:30 pm (venue tbc)
If you would like to learn more about our group, or schedule a time for beginner instruction, please contact us by phone or using the form below.
Nelson Zendo Meditation Times
Weekday mornings: 6.30 - 7.30am
2x 30min periods of zazen, 10mins of kinhin (walking meditation).
Monday evenings: 7.30 - 9.00pm
2x 30min periods of zazen, 10mins of kinhin, informal discussion.
(Beginners instruction in zazen available by appointment)
Last Sunday of each Month (except Dec): 5.30am - noon
Half day of meditation and kinhin
Gwitha Kaido and Nick Suido Nash – (03) 548 9969
Graham Houn Snadden, Jenny Kaiun Burton – (03) 548-4619
Southern Skies Zendo
2 North Rd