Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Retreat Report: Jampa Ling Sesshin, August 2012.

Thanks and congratulations to all who attended our Summer weekend retreat at Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre, Co Cavan, this weekend past.

There was an excellent turnout with 18 participants showing up for the schedule of zazen, kinhin, samu and talks. A note of respect and admiration is due to those residents of the men's dormitory who delivered a surprise masterclass in snoring techniques on both nights (her hee, I'm still recovering... and I was only there for one night!)

The Jampa Ling facilities were excellent, and the staff were very helpful, so thank-you to all at Jampa Ling. Thanks are due also to Eilis who organised a wonderful vegetarian menu for the weekend.

We were able provide this event at low cost as it was run on a non-profit basis: So special thanks too to Peter Rocca Sensei for freely giving up his time to take bookings for the event, and for attending to lead the retreat.

Hopefully we'll be back at Jampa Ling in the near future for other such events. Watch this space!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zen Meditation Retreat in Co Cavan August 10-12, 2012.

Jampa Ling

We'll be holding a Zen meditation retreat at Tara House at the Jampa Ling Buddhist Center in County Cavan, Ireland over the weekend from August 10 to 12, 2012. Anyone interested is invited to attend. The retreat begins on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. The retreat includes Zen meditation practice, talks, free time, and vegetarian food. The retreat is suitable for anyone interested in Buddhism and/or meditation. Beginners are welcome. 
This retreat will be led by Peter Rocca Sensei, a Dharma heir of Gudo Nishijima Sensei. Check out Peter Sensei's site HERE.

Dates: From Friday, August 10 at 6.00 p.m. to Sunday, August 12 at 5 p.m.

Location: Tara House at the Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre in Bawnboy, County Cavan.

meditation room

Cost:  80 euros. This covers the cost of all accommodation and meals during the retreat.  

Registration: Registration is by emailThe closing date for registration is Saturday August 4. A deposit of 40 euros is required to register. 

For further information and/or to sign up to attend, please email Peter at tokyozazen@gmail.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tipperary Sesshin Report.

(The wonderful studio at Tigh Roy's that became our zendo for the retreat)

The sesshin in Tigh Roy's, Co Tipperary, concluded yesterday.

10 participants from various groups (and no groups) came together to enjoy a weekend of practice and discussions. The centre proved very comfortable and the food and hospitality was excellent, so many thanks to Deirdre and Roy of Tigh Roy's.

As there was no teacher attending we had facilitated group discussions in place of dharma talks. The first of these, on Saturday, was about our various 'approcahes to Zen'. People spoke of their experiences coming from various backgrounds: From the Nishijima/ Dogen sangha side of things, from the Deshimaru approach, from the BMZC/Paul Haller Roshi approach, from the Hogen Yamahata/ Open Way Zen approach. We had a practitioner of Gestalt therapy and an Aikido Shihan present, so we were able to touch on the relevance of zen practice in those areas also.

EilĂ­s read some insightful passages from her current favourite book yesterday which led to an interesting discussion on aspects of practice.

Although the retreat was put together provisionally to be a loose 'chanting/ ceremony free' affair (so as to be as inclusive as possible to those from other traditions, or from no traditions) it was decided to perform prostrations and chant the Heart Sutra after the last session of zazen yesterday.

All in all it was an interesting and enjoyable experiment and I hope that it contributes to the establishment of a non-sectarian, non-hierarchical forum for sincere and inclusive discussion and practice in Ireland. The beauty of the 'stripped down' model is that such events are quite easy to organise, so similar events can run again if there is sufficient interest.

Many thanks and bows to our hosts and to all who attended.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tipperary Retreat Update: This weekend 20th Jan.

Hi Folks,

The retreat schedule is down to start at 6pm, not 7pm as wrongly stated on the blog. Zazen does not begin until after 7pm though. The schedule for Friday looks like this, and includes a light evening meal on arrival:

18:00-18:50 Arrive

18:50-19:20 Light Meal

19:20-20:00 Zazen

20:00-21:30 Bath/Free Time

21:30 Lights Out

Anyone who is interested in attending but hasn't contacted me yet to confirm their place is advised to do so in the next couple of days.