Top International Zen Master speaks in Cambridge

Published: 13 November 2008 at 11:38

Anglia Ruskin University organises public talk on the practical application of Ancient Wisdom

Top International Zen Master will be giving a public talk in Cambridge on 27 November. Dechan Jueren, the only master in modern times to ever hold two of the major Buddhist lineages, Esoteric & Zen, is scheduled to give a public lecture at St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge. He will be presenting a talk entitled ‘Timeless Wisdom in a Modern World' at 8pm.

The talk offers people the opportunity to hear first hand the teachings of the most prominent Zen Master in China at what will be one of only a handful of public appearances in UK.

Earlier this year, Dechan Jueren, already the 49th Master of the Esoteric School, became the New Master of the Chinese Linji school of Zen Buddhism. The most authentic and recognised Zen school in China. The title was passed on by the 105 year old GrandMaster Fozhi.  Esoteric Buddhism had, until Dechan Jeuren started speaking in public, been an underground tradition that disappeared from common knowledge centuries ago following religious persecution.

Paul King, who has organised Dechan Jueren’s tour, first met him in Hawaii in 2006. Whilst studying Chinese medicine. Paul attended a workshop given by Dechan Jueren on meditational healing techniques. Profoundly impressed with his teachings, Paul invited China’s top Zen Master to the UK.

As Paul explains,

“Most people have heard about Zen and Buddhism but they do not know very much about them or what relevance they have to modern world. Dechan Jueren, using everyday examples, will show how these ancient methods can help people deal in a practical way with the stresses of daily life. These talks are very inclusive and even those with no prior background in Zen or other spiritual or esoteric disciplines can benefit from this profound wisdom.”

Dechan’s public talks are not about creating more Buddhists. They are a vehicle through which, he can simply and humbly share some of what Zen has to say, after thousands of years of meditation and contemplation on what it means to be human. 

Dechan Jeuren will be appearing at St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP.  The talk starts at 8pm on Thurs 27 November and costs £6/£5 concession (£3 for Anglia Ruskin University Students). Dechan Jueren receives no payment for these talks, the proceeds go towards organisational costs. Tickets can be reserved by phone 01245 830888 or online at The website also contains more information about Dechan Jueren and his other UK appearances.