Getting Started

Zen Introductions

If you’re interested in finding out more about zen and trying out zazen (zen meditation) the best way to start is to attend one of our regular Saturday morning introductions to zen.

This three hour workshop includes discussion of basic principles of zen and Buddhism and practical instruction in how to practise zazen. Plenty of time is also given for questions that you may have. The introduction is suitable for both complete beginners and more experienced meditators alike. See below for details of the next introduction.

Having attended an introduction, you are welcome to participate in the regular activities of the group.

Come Along to Our Weekly Sittings

Alternatively, contact us to arrange to come along around half an hour early to one of our regular Wednesday evening meetings. After basic instruction in how to practise zazen, you can participate with other practitioners.

Public Talks

We also organise occasional public talks given in the Glasgow area for people interested in finding out more about zen Buddhism. See to the right for details.


We've moved!
The Cloud Water Zen group has moved to a new home, opening Glasgow's first dedicated Zen centre. The aim of the centre is to provide a dedicated space where people can explore Zen training and practice, right in the heart of Glasgow.

You can find us at:

82, Mitchell St
G1 3NA

And check out our new website:
Submitted on 16 October 2017
Introduction to Zen Buddhism
Our next Introduction to Zen will be on:

Saturday, December 2nd 2017 (Please email or call below for more details)

This introductory workshop outlines basic ideas connected with Buddhism and Zen and also offers practical instruction in Zen Buddhist meditation. There is then an opportunity to try Zen meditation, time for questions and help and guidance about how to continue practising. It is led by Sensei Karl Kaliski, a Zen teacher in the tradition of Philip Kapleau Roshi.

Places are limited so to reserve a place and for directions, contact us at:

Tel: 07432 014620

Venue: Cloud Water Zen Centre (Mitchell St, Glasgow G1 3NA)
Submitted on 01 October 2017
New home for the Zen group!
Hi there,
This is to let you know that we have moved! The group has established Glasgow's first dedicated Zen centre, in which we hope to offer a wide range of opportunities for people wishing to practice and train in Zen Buddhism, under the instructions of a fully-qualified and sanctioned Zen teacher. We are now in Mitchell St in a quiet corner of the city centre. Get in contact to find out more!
Best wishes,
Karl Sensei
Submitted on 01 October 2017

Cloud Water Zen SCIO - Scottish Charity Number SCO46443