Nick Scaramanga

If there is one thing that I really love doing, it’s teaching what I love. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping people live fuller and happier lives.

So, my mission is to support and guide you in finding your way to greater happiness. Whether that means allowing your life to be filled with more ease and less stress, learning to enjoy living in the present moment or taking the greatest adventure of all; discovering who you really are. These are all steps on the journey of living your best possible life and I am here to get you started.

I have always had a strong need to know what this wonderous life is all about so for years I threw myself into exploring the Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. I loved every minute of it. But on my 50th birthday I came to the conclusion that all the theory in the World wasn’t changing anything and that what I really needed to do was immerse myself in teachings that were practical and transformative. So, I started training with Zen master Daizan Roshi.

 

Over the years I have attended numerous retreats and workshops and formally trained as a teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation. Now I teach the  Wellbeing and Insight courses, which were created by Daizan and are accredited by The International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

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To support my students once they are established in their practice, I provide fortnightly meditation group sessions on Saturday mornings in the beautiful Sussex village, Forest Row.

As a qualified Life Coach, I am also available to provide support on a one-to-one basis.

Are you ready to turn your life around and really start living?

Daizan Roshi and Shinzan Roshi
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The source of my teaching

I am privileged to have been taught by Julian Daizan Skinner; the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. In 2003, Daizan began training with Rinzai Zen Master Shinzan Miyamae Rōshi of Gyokuryuji Temple in Gifu, central Japan. The temple was the former hermitage of the outstanding Rinzai Zen reformer Bankei Yōtaku Zenji (1622–1693). Shinzan Rōshi, something of a maverick in the modern Zen world, intended the tiny temple to provide a basis of true Zen training.

 

Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Daizan Roshi received Dharma Transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen, returned to England and founded Zenways. He has served as a resident teacher at the Buddhist Society in London and is an appointed trainer with the College of Mindful Clinicians. He has been involved in Zen teaching at Oxford University and is particularly involved in the “Managing Your Mind” programme of postdoctoral study.

Gyokuruji Temple in Gifu, Japan