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Retreat with Shundo David Haye
Six Instances of Prajna

Fri 19 April 2024 – 7.30-9.30pm
Sat 20 April 2024 – 9am-5pm

Generosity, pure precepts, calm patience, diligence, quiet meditation and wisdom

The idea of the six perfections might seem intimidating and far away, but the paramitas which are some of the oldest Buddhist categories are also wonderful guides for living and dealing with others. Dogen refers to them as six instances of prajna. In this weekend, Shundo will address these six, focusing the first three in a Friday evening talk, and the second three during a day-long sitting on Saturday.

Shundo is a zen priest who trained for sixteen years at San Francisco Zen Centre, including five years of monastic life in the mountains in Tassajara. He spent eight years doing many of the traditional temple administration jobs, was ordained as a priest in 2009, and did head monk training at Tassajara in 2012.

These days, he is interested in taking meditation out to people who might not ever set foot in a zen temple, and teaches in tech companies, the county jail, schools and colleges. He likes to be outside, hiking, riding a bike or carrying a camera, and maintains a daily dharma blog.

The retreat is non-residential based in the Studio at the Birchcliffe Centre. There is accommodation at Hebden Bridge Hostel if you need it.

Suggested donation £20 full day, £10 evening. Book 1 or both sessions. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided.

To book or enquire please email:


Retreat with Brad Warner

We are delighted that Brad Warner will be visiting Hebden Zen on his European tour. Bookings are open! We were oversubscribed in 2023 so please try to book early to avoid disappointment.

Open Talk Evening
Sat 7 Sept 2024 – 7pm
Open to all, not just retreatants. Please let us know if you want to just attend this. This is the only event which is open to others.

Retreat – Sat 7 Sept, 3pm – Tues 10 Sept, 12pm

The retreat will mainly be in silence and a mixture of zazen, kinhin, dharma talks, free time, sessions of body work, walking in the valley, practice discussion. All meals are provided and will be primarily vegan with some dairy options.

A residential and non-residential retreat, based in the Studio at the Birchcliffe Centre and Hebden Bridge Hostel.

Residential: £210 sharing with 1-2 others; £270 single room
Non Residential: £130

Payment is preferred in 2 installments. The first one (50%) is payable as soon as possible to confirm your booking, the final one 2 weeks before the retreat. Get in touch if there is a problem as we can be flexible to fit with needs, costs are suggested not fixed.

To book or enquire please email: