Black MoUntain Zen Centre


Black Mountain Zen Centre is a practice place in the centre of Belfast with affiliated groups throughout Northern Ireland and a growing online community around the world. Our guiding teacher is Ryushin Paul Haller, an authorised teacher in Suzuki Roshi’s lineage and former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and our resident priest is Myogan Djinn GallagherWe offer daily zazen, talks and classes on zen and practice in everyday life.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”

– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Sit With Us


We practise together online every day. Monday to Friday morning we sit online for an hour starting at 7 am. On Friday at 8 am we have a well-being ceremony, followed by our weekly check-in. Saturday and Sunday we sit for an hour online starting at 10 am, and we're opening in person on Sundays at 10 am and Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 am at our new premises. 

All times are local Belfast time.


We have a new premises at 165 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1DT, and we're gradually reopening for in-person sitting, starting with Sunday morning at 10 am and Monday and Tuesday morning at 7 am. We're still online every day as well, and we're looking forward to sitting with you in person and in the digital zendo.

New to Zen Practice?

Why sit zazen? Sitting with awareness of a balanced upright body and breath cultivates a quiet steadiness that can support the practitioner to meet whatever happens with equanimity. With regular sitting we can begin to discover the stability and clarity that sees the preoccupations of thoughts and emotions in our daily lives. It calls forth a compassion and resilience that eases our suffering and enhances our aliveness.

News & Events

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