Thursday, 12 December 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
You can download the flyer here - please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested in attending this event.
If you know of a venue that would be willing to put out some printed versions of the flyer, please contact me at email@example.com and I'll send a few out (we're not printing many, but there should be plenty to go round!). If you know of any other avenues to promote this event, please contact me to let me know.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
So - thanks to Rob for doing the fetching & carrying, and to all the rest of you for turning up and doing all the other tasks necessary for the group to continue functioning - tea, set-up, tidy-up, bells, discussion... all of that. Thanks for turning up.
Next Monday there'll be no zazen - August Bank Holiday weekend of course. Back to normal thereafter all the way through to Rohatsu & the Christmas season, with Sensei's visit/talk on the 1st November to look forward to.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Dates: 20th-26th October
Cost: £280 (concessions available)
Flyer available to download... share freely!
This year's proceeds will go towards the rebuilding and renovation of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center after the fire & flood which caused so much damage recently.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
The previous address (admin@SWZ) will continue to be used as a general contact address for the whole UK sangha, and it will usually be received by Andy Tanzan Scott in Liverpool.
I'd like to say a special thank-you to Carol for the energy she's put into this group over the last almost two years. Carol, your steadfast attendance almost every week over this time has been a great gift to me and the rest of the group. Turning up week after week, rain or shine, that's great Zen practice; regardless of whether you binged when you were supposed to bong!
You've also been unfailingly cheerful and continually helping out with the chores that keep the whole thing running. Making tea isn't a big deal... making tea every week is a great service to us all, and you'll be missed.
Wishing you and Paul the very best on your new adventure, and hope to see you when you pop back to N'hants every now and then.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
I said I'd upload the service sheet for folks to have a look at - so here it is: Service sheet. I've edited it slightly to include a translation for the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo as well as the Evening Gatha that we wind things up with each day.
I mentioned that we don't have a mokugyo that we'd normally use for keeping the time when chanting... here's a picture of one, just to make the page more interesting!
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
Coming empty handed, going empty handed, that is humanI said at the time that I thought this was written by Seung Sahn Sunim (founder of the Kwan Um School of Zen), but it turns out its origin is less certain, and perhaps dates back to T'ang dynasty China (618-907CE). Not sure how true this is, or how to evaluate it, but I suspect that Seung Sahn at least wrote the last line.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, Where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud, which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud, which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing that always remains clear.
It is pure and clear,
Not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one and clear thing?
Monday, 10 June 2013
If you'd be willing to help out, you can find the questionnaire online, along with a bit more information about the study.
Friday, 7 June 2013
Thursday, 6 June 2013
The date will be evening of the 1st November 2013, venue to be arranged. The talk is likely to be an introduction to Zen practice, and we'll have to have a think about how best to spread the word to get people along. It would be nice if his lead to greater numbers for our weekly sits, but I'm trying not to pin any hopes on it.
More details in due course.
Monday, 3 June 2013
Friday, 24 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
I'm very pleased to be able to congratulate Rob Kizan Pettitt on receiving the precepts at a jukai ceremony last Friday. The rakasu is sewn, the bows are bowed, now the cushion beckons...! Was very pleased to be able to be there for the ceremony, and to play a small part.
My dharma brother Andy Tanzan Scott sent me this snap from right after the ceremony...
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Recently posted on the SWZ Events page: Keizan Scott Sensei will be leading a 5-day sesshin at Ringsfield Hall, nr Lowestoft, on 22-26 July.
A flyer for the sesshin is available to download - please distribute as you see fit.
From the listing:
A retreat to be held in Suffolk with Keizan Sensei. The schedule will be one of traditional Zen training with sitting and walking meditation, private interviews and dharma talks. It is a great opportunity to begin or renew training with an experienced teacher in an authentic and traditional lineage.
The retreat is open to absolute beginners with optional introductory classes in Zen Form and Practice especially for newcomers. Meals will be vegetarian. Part time participants are welcome.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Today I spent some time at Moulton Primary, leading a Buddhist assembly with the whole school from Year 1 to Year 6.
We talked about the Three Poisons - they're usually listed as Greed, Anger and Ignorance, but I tried to put things in a more accessible format:
- Being selfish and greedy
- Getting angry
- Getting confused and frustrated
(That last interpretation very much inspired by my own son!)
Instead of behaving in these ways, I talked about trying to practice the opposites: the antidotes, asking if the kids could be (i) generous, (ii) kind and compassionate, and (iii) recognising when we're being upset or selfish and clearly deciding that we don't have to behave that way.
The kids were fantastic - so attentive and curious, so bold in their questions. We did a short metta meditation and then learned how to do gassho to say goodbye. Half the kids ended up filing past me to leave the hall, and I ended up doing a lot of gassho-ing!
Thanks to all the kids who were so wonderful, and to Miss Wilson for inviting me for their special Buddhist assembly.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
From Master Hua's commentary on the Prajna chapter of the Platform Sutra:
You need not wait. See right through it, and suddenly, you don’t know how, you are enlightened. Strange and unspeakably wonderful. You return to yourself and regain your original mind.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
McRae's translation is hosted by the wonder "TheZenSite", at www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/PlatformSutra_McRaeTranslation.pdf. The other - the one with the commentary by Ven Master Hua - can be found at http://online.sfsu.edu/%7Erone/Buddhism/BTTStexts/ps.heart.02.020530.print.pdf. Both fairly substantial docs, especially the latter.