Zen Meditation and Buddhist Practice

Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple is a Sōtō Zen temple in Leicester, East Midlands. Our tradition is based on the practice of serene reflection meditation (zazen).

The temple offers a regular schedule of meditation, day retreats, festivals and other events, as well as individual guidance, for anyone who would like to learn about meditation or deepen and broaden their practice.

Visiting the temple

View of the Meditation Hall

View of the Meditation Hall

You are very welcome to come along and learn to meditate, and find out about Buddhist practice. We hold regular introductory events, which include detailed instruction and guidance on how to meditate. You are also welcome to just come round for a visit to see the temple.

There are no fees for taking part in any activities which the temple offers. The temple is dependent on donations for its continued existence, and any support you are able to offer is greatly appreciated.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the temple or arrange a visit.

Sunrise in the Meditation Hall

Sunrise in the Meditation Hall

Meditation and Zen Buddhism

Seated meditation (zazen) is the foundation of our practice. Through meditation we come to find a sense of stability and groundedness within all the thoughts, feelings and emotions that arise in response to the events of life. This sense of stillness is not limited to formal periods of meditation, and gradually permeates all the different aspects of our life. We find that we become more aware of the ways in which we cause suffering, both for ourselves and for others, and this gradually leads us to act in more skilful ways. As a result, we feel more connected with those around us, and are more able to express the heart of Buddha in our daily lives.

The Life of Practice

The Temple Garden

The Temple Garden

Zen Buddhism emphasises living an ethical life in harmony with the Buddhist Precepts and the heart of meditation. The foundation of this approach is the teaching that all beings are already Buddha, and that we have all we need to live a contented and fulfilled life; when we stop searching for something that we think is missing, we come to truly value that which we already have.

An important aspect of living the life of Buddha is to awaken and express the heart of compassion, through which we come to recognise our interconnectedness with all of existence, and this is expressed in the Bodhisattva Vow to help all beings.

Resident monk

Rev. Aiden Hall, a senior monk of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, is resident at the temple. He is a disciple of Rev. Master Daishin Morgan, the Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, and is an authorised teacher of Zen Buddhism. Rev. Aiden is responsible for the teaching of the temple, runs the calendar of events and regular weekly activities, and offers support and guidance to those who practice in this tradition or are interested in finding out more about it.