Hertford Chan Meditation Group
Hertford Chan (Chinese Zen) group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, between 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.
The venue is Bengeo Parish Church Hall, Duncombe Road, Hertford, SG14 3DA.
Contact David Hope:
- Tel 01992 306754 or
- Email hertfordchan(at)westernchanfellowship.org
The group is open to all Buddhists and non-Buddhists who wish to support their own practice through meditation with others or who wish to learn how to meditate.
The pattern of the evening is 25 minutes sitting meditation, 10 minutes walking meditation, 25 minutes sitting meditation, 25 minutes tea and discussion around an area of Buddhism, 25 minutes recitation of Buddhist verses and sitting meditation. The times are nominal and may vary. People sit according to their needs, some on meditation cushions, some on meditation stools and some on chairs. Guided meditations are sometimes given. The dates of the meetings are shown below.
Apart from the evening "sits" we also hold at least 2 one-day, silent retreats each year. These are an opportunity for people to practise sitting meditation for longer than is usually possible and to experience an extended period of silence. Forthcoming dates will be listed below when arranged. An indicative pogramme is shown lower down this page.
Dates of evening sits in 2012
- December - 12
Whilst there is no formal cost, people generally make a contribution towards the cost of hiring the hall which is currently £24 per evening. The hire charge will be £28 as from January 2013.
Dates of evening sits in 2013
- January - 23
- February - 13, 27
- March - 13, 27
- April - 10, 24
- May - 8, 22
- June - 12, 26
- July - 10, 24
- August - 14, 28
- September - 11, 25
- October - 9, 23
- November - 13, 27
- December - 11
Indicative programme for day retreats
09:30 Arrive, tea, coffee, orientation
10:00 Opening verse for an occasional retreat / Three
Refuges / Sitting meditation (guided relaxation)
10:30 Walking meditation
10:40 Slow, mindful exercise
11:00 Sitting meditation
11:25 Walking meditation
11:40 Slow, mindful exercise
12:00 Sitting meditation
12:25 Lunch: collect food, eat and clear away in continued silence. A bell will indicate the end of silence. At the end of lunch we return into silence.
13:30 Mantra / Sitting meditation
13:55 Slow walking meditation
14:10 Slow, mindful exercise
14:30 Instruction on Direct Contemplation, followed by practise
14:55 Sitting meditation
15:20 Slow walking meditation
15:35 Heart Sutra / Sitting meditation
16:00 Trasfer of Merit, formal close of retreat, end of silence, tea.
Please bring food to share in a communal lunch (green tea, tea and coffee are provided). Also, your own mat, cushion, stool, if you have one.