Portobello Buddhist Priory, a temple of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives
Zen Buddhism in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Welcome to all -
With kindest wishes
Rev. Favian, Prior
Portobello Buddhist Priory
Portobello Buddhist Priory, a ground floor flat in the Portobello district of
Edinburgh, opened in 1998. It is one of a handful of temples in Britain which are
connected to the Community of Buddhist Contemplatives. The training monastery
of the Community at Throssel Hole near Hexham in Northumberland was
founded in 1972 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, an English woman who trained
within the Soto Zen tradition at one of its main monasteries in Japan. The resident
Prior at Portobello is one of the senior monks from Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey.
The purpose of the Priory is to offer lay training within the Serene Reflection
Meditation tradition (Soto Zen) to anyone who sincerely seeks to undertake it, and
the prior's role is to support such training. The prior and members of the
congregation are also involved in activities such as religious education, hospital
and prison visiting.
All are warmly invited to join in the Priory's programme of lay practice, the
purpose of which is to come to know and live from our True Nature, whose
expression is our wise and compassionate living.
If you would like to visit the Priory, you will be made very welcome. Either come
along to one of our monthly introductory afternoons or contact me by phone or