Zen in Ireland

The Irish Zen Group has been active since 1991 and has four practice centres (dojos), in Galway, Dublin, Cork and Athenry.

We focus on the practice of zazen (sitting meditation), and we are open to everyone interested in taking up the practice of meditation.

We practice according to the Soto Zen tradition, as transmitted by the monk Taisen Deshimaru, who brought Zen from Japan to Europe in 1967. Deshimaru was a disciple of Kodo Sawaki.

Alain Tai Nan Liebmann is the leader of our group. A Zen monk with 35 years experience of meditation, he is one of Deshimaru's original disciples. He received transmission from Koshu Itabashi Zenji in Sojiji temple (June 2, 2013) and Eiheiji temple (June 7, 2013), and zuise (transmission certificate) from Sotoshu.



Sunday, December 21, there will be a Zazen Day in the Dublin dojo, for details see here.

December 27, 28, 29, 30 there will be a Sesshin in the Redemptorists' retreat centre, Esker, near Athenry, if you would like to come or for more information, please send an email.

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