Introduction to Zen in English

Helsinki Zen Center will be giving an introductory workshop on traditional Zen Buddhist meditation, or zazen, on Sunday 22nd of November 2020 at 10:00 – 14:45. The location is Kalevankatu 4, Helsinki.

The workshop is ideal for people who have never practiced in the Zen tradition before. Prior experience to meditation is not required. The four-hour workshop consists of alternating periods of instruction, practice, and discussion. In addition to learning how to do zazen independently, you will also learn the practicalities involved in sitting with our group in a formal setting.

Due to the practical nature of the workshop, please bring relaxed clothing suitable for cross-legged sitting, preferably in neutral or muted colours. Changing rooms can be found at the Zen Center.

The course fee is 45 euros, and it includes one participation in a volitional formal zazen. Additionally you are offered two-month trial membership for half price (15 euros / month), during which you can take part in our scheduled zazen, get to know our group and get support for your practice.

Payment can be made by bank transfer in advance ( Helsinki Zen Center ry ; IBAN: FI6266010001141407 ; BIC/SWIFT: AABAFI22 ) or with cash at the end of the course.

For registrations and more information please send email to

Due to the corona situation, the number of participants is ca. 10 persons per introduction, and wearing a mask is recommended.