Contemplative Gathering 2019

The Bede Griffiths Sangha

Contemplative Gathering

Summer 2019

Friday 31st May – Monday 3rd June

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Fareham, Hants

with The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood



We are delighted that Chris has agreed to come and lead our gathering. Many of you will know him, as he has been associated with the Sangha since its inception. He is a longstanding friend of Brother Martin and a founding member of the Bede Griffiths Charitable Trust. He is currently Canon Residentiary and Chancellor at York Minster. Chris is also an authorized Zen teacher in the Wild Goose Zen Sangha, which is part of the International White Plum Asanga. He has just completed writing a book ‘Zen Wisdom for Christians’, which is due to be published on 21st May 2019.

During our gathering, which will start on Friday evening and finish after lunch on Monday, Chris will lead us in considering what Zen and Christian spirituality have to give each other by exploring Jesus’ parables and Zen koans (stories of encounters between Zen Masters and students). There will be times meditation and prayers, times of silence as well as times to share, and time to celebrate the Sangha’s 25th birthday! All aspects of the programme are optional.

Park Place will be a familiar to some of you as we held many early Sangha retreats here. A fine old Georgian house, close to the village of Wickham, it is set in 18 acres of beautiful grounds.  It is home to a small community of Indian Roman Catholic nuns who run a pastoral centre for people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs who are interested in spiritual matters. See


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