Regular sit................ ................Retreats & Workshops
Sesshin will be held at Staveley and runs from Fri 18th to Thurs 24th April.
Sesshin (Japanese: “Touching the heart-mind”) is the foundational longer retreat that serious Zen practitioners everywhere try to attend if possible once or twice a year in order to keep their practice deep and strong. It is a full programme of silent meditation, walking, eating, resting, hearing talks, having face-to-face interview with the teachers, cleaning and food preparation, all of which is conducted in the traditional Zen way. The ritual formality of our retreats is actually much reduced from the Japanese tradition, however we retain this much because it provides the psychic safety and containment necessary for people to feel at ease and drop deeply into meditative stillness throughout the six days of Sesshin. To enter wholeheartedly into Sesshin is to experience personally the essence of the Buddha’s own discovery about freedom from mental anguish. People leave Sesshin feeling refreshed, more emotionally stable and more joyfully alive to each moment of experience.
For further information email Arthur or phone him on 348 4656 or Shona on 981 9377
A Queen's Birthday weekend retreat to explore compassionate environmental action from a Zen perspective. There is a 2-day and a 4-day option. The retreat will include workshops, meditation, discussions and talks focusing on the following themes:
A     Standing our ground: solid as a mountain
B     Making our mistakes with confidence
C     Collaborative sessions to workshop specific challenges
Hosted by Sean Weaver and Jo Campbell (founders of Ekodo), Arthur Wells Roshi (Zen teacher in the Diamond Sangha tradition), and David Goldsmith.