Our group will not be sitting together physically while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Our wider Zen group will be offering on-line meditation options and instruction in meditation. Please see the homepage for details. We also encourage you to listen to the recorded talks from the teachers at Zen Mountain Monastery.
The Wellington MRO Zen group holds Zen Buddhist meditation (zazen) sessions on Monday evenings. Our group is open to all those interested in exploring Zen practice. Newcomers are welcome.
Beginner instruction in Zen meditation is available to newcomers each Monday evening, providing a helpful orientation to the Zen Buddhist tradition, the practice of zazen, and the training and retreats offered by the MRO in New Zealand.
There is no charge for attending zazen. For those who can afford it, a donation ($5 - $10) to help pay the rent would be much appreciated.
Mountains and Rivers Order Zen groups welcome people of all cultural, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, gender or sexual orientation.
Along with our weekly schedule of meditation, we participate in monthly online discussions ("mondo") with the teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order. These discussions are valuable opportunities to connect with a Zen teacher and clarify Zen practice in our everyday lives.
Weekend Zen Meditation Retreats at Strathean
Each autumn and spring, the Wellington MRO group, in conjunction with the Manawatu MRO group, runs an intensive weekend meditation retreat at Strathean, near Otaki on the Kapiti Coast. Led by experienced MRO students, the retreats begin on Friday evening and finish after lunch on Sunday. Newcomers with some experience in meditation are welcome but we ask that, if possible, you join us for a Monday evening meditation first.
Week-Long Zen Meditation Intensives (Sesshin)
The MRO offers week-long silent meditation retreats in the Nelson area each July (led by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi) and in Canterbury each January (led by a teacher in the Mountains and Rivers Order).
If you would like to learn more about the Wellington MRO Zen group, or schedule a time for beginner instruction, please contact us by phone or fill out the form below:
Zen Meditation Times
Monday evenings: 7.00 - 9.00pm
2 x 35 min periods of zazen, 10 mins of kinhin (walking meditation).
First Monday of every month: 35 mins of zazen, 10mins of kinhin, 45 min recorded Dharma talk by Shugen Sensei. (Beginners instruction in zazen available by appointment)
Weekend Zen Retreats at Strathean
NB. The May 15-17 retreat has been cancelled due to health risks posed by COVID-19.
Spring retreat: 25-27 September, 2020
Saint Andrew's Centre
30 The Terrace