The Western Chan Fellowship was formed in 1997 and registered as a charity in 1998. It was based on a network of local groups which formed following the first teaching visit to the UK in 1989 of the Venerable Chan Master Dr Sheng Yen. Master Sheng Yen was the Abbot of two monasteries in Taiwan and head of the Institutes of Chung Hwa Buddhist Culture in Taiwan and New York.
Cardiff Chan Group
Cardiff Chan Group's aim is to offer a mutually supportive environment for individuals who wish to develop their own practice. There is no requirement to be Buddhist.
Cardiff's group leader is Eddy Street, a Retreat Leader within the Western Chan Fellowship, who has over 30 years experience behind him.
Rob Stratton is the primary contact for any enquiries about activities. Rob is an approved Meditation Instructor with the Western Chan Fellowship.
Practice days and Weekend Retreats
The practice days are designed to help practitioners - Buddhist or otherwise - develop their own meditation practice.
A 'drop in' Practice Day format of gentle sitting has been developed, which both more experienced practitioners and beginners seem to find equally helpful. The day is organised so that individuals may come and go depending on their own needs and interests. Some stay all day, others for part of the day.
Meditation instruction for beginners is available before the start of the day and is best arranged beforehand.
Instruction and talks are given either by Eddy Street or Rob Stratton.
Current activities in Cardiff are postponed until further notice and further updates or news will be added to the website and sent via the mailing list.
Rob Stratton by tel: 029 20 229 665 or e-mail or subscribe to the mailing list
Mid-Wales Chan Group
The Mid-Wales Chan (Chinese Zen) meditation group meets monthly on a Saturday, at Pant-y-Dwr (7 miles north of Rhayader, on the Llanidloes road).
Meetings start at 10 a.m. and consist of two 40 minute sits separated by 10 minutes kinhin walking meditation, followed by discussion, tea and biscuits, finishing around 12.30 p.m.
John Senior by tel: 01597 870 277 or e-mail