Hello and Welcome!

The Edmonton Buddhist Meditation Group is a small congregation practicing Serene Reflection Meditation under the direction of Reverend Master Koten Benson, Prior of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory. Reverend Master Kōten Benson is a Dharma Heir of the late Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives which has its North American headquarters at Shasta Abbey in Mount Shasta, California.

About the Edmonton Buddhist Meditation Group:

The Edmonton Buddhist Meditation Group is a smaller congregation-run meditation group that practices Serene Reflection Meditation. Also known as Soto Zen in Japan and Ts’ao-Tung in China. This practice emphasizes meditation, keeping of the precepts, and compassion. The group operates a meditation hall with an area for tea, Dharma talks, and other congregation activities within a member’s residence.

Organization details:

Edmonton Buddhist Meditation Group was incorporated as a Religious Society in 1979. Our practice is Serene Reflection Meditation, known as Soto Zen in Japan and Ts’ao-Tung in China. This practice emphasizes meditation and the keeping of the Precepts within the training of everyday life.

Reverend Master Kōten Benson:

Rev. Kōten Benson has been the Prior of Lions Gate Buddhist Priory since 1986. He is a Dharma Heir of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of the OBC, who died in 1996. He was ordained in 1978 by Rev. Master Jiyu, and recognized by her as a Buddhist Master in 1983.

About Lions Gate Buddhist Priory:

The Priory has three monks in residence and is located at Dragon Flower Mountain, one hundred and sixty acres of land in the Botanie Valley, near the village of Lytton in the BC interior.


7 Responses to Hello

  1. Bill Jensen says:

    I was one of the founding members of the Edmonton Buddhist Priory. It is great to see that you are still going strong . . .

    I ran across your site on the web and thought it would be nice to say hello and wish you all well.

  2. Ron hamilton says:

    I’m interested in wellness meditation. I have no experience in the meditation field and can you direct me

  3. We have two upcoming instruction dates: Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. Please feel free to attend either.

  4. Amy says:

    I am a practicing Buddhist in a rural area of Saskatchewan and Alberta (right on the border). I am approximately 3 hours away from Edmonton. I would love to visit and take part in some of the instruction and meetings. You look like you have a beautiful and peaceful centre.

    I was also wondering further to that if there is any advice or help or direction that you may be able to point me in in regards to practicing in areas that frankly have half a dozen churches within a so-and-so radius but absolutely no resources for practicing Buddhists? I obtain my literature online but would like advice on ensuring that my spiritual path is ever moving forward (which can be hard without supervision). Would you suggest attending a centre such as yours once a month or whereas possible and doing instruction from home?

    I apologise if my question is a difficult one. Many blessings and thoughts of peace, harmony and love to you.

  5. Amy:
    Our group is connected to The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, a Soto Zen group originated in Shasta, California by an Englishwoman, Jiyu Kennett, who became a Zen Master in Japan in the 1960s. I am only speaking personally here, but I have studied religion and “paths” for decades, and this tradition is very authentic. You could start by investigating Shasta Abbey: shastaabbey.org

    In British Columbia, there is a priory which is overseen by a senior disciple of Reverend Master Jiyu. His name is Reverend Master Koten Benson. On that site, there are some wonderful, yet succinct, talks about Buddhist practice. You could investigate those as well: http://www.lionsgatebuddhistpriory.ca There are some very clear talks about meditation.

    You are very welcome to meet us at an introductory talk, and then afterwards attend our meditation services whenever you can. It is certainly beneficial to be part of a viable, practicing sangha. Our next instructions are on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. If you can’t attend those, look for upcoming dates on our website and come when you can. Our group is small, our zendo is in the basement of a member’s home, but we are a committed group of practitioners of the Soto Zen tradition. We also get visits by monks from both Shasta in California and Dragon Flower in B.C., and these are always of benefit.

    By all means, join us if you can. If we don’t see you, the websites will still be of great use.

    Terry Wynveen

  6. David Martin says:

    I see that you have an introductory session to meditation listed on your calendar. However I am confused by one detail and I am hoping you can clear it up for me. It says it will be held at the Strathcona Public Library, yet another address which appears to be an Edmonton one, is listed below it.

    Strathcona public library is in Sherwood Park correct?

  7. It is in the Strathcona branch of the Edmonton Public Library just off of Whyte Avenue. Our next date is June 18. Please join us if you wish.

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