Zazenkai – Sunday Jan 22nd 2017

We will be hosting a day of silence and stillness on Sunday January 22nd from 10am to 4pm.

Give yourself a day off and honour your need for a quiet space.

We will meet a little before 10am, break at 12:30 for a silent lunch (please bring vegetarian food to share), and reconvene at 1:30 pm.

Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Suggested donation £10, nobody turned away for lack of funds.

2017 sesshin dates & new resident teacher Myogan Djinn Gallagher

The 2017 dates for sesshin have now been announced and are as follows:

  • Spring 2017 – Tuesday 2nd May to Sunday 7th May
  • Summer 2017 – Tuesday 22nd August to Sunday 27th August

Further details on applying for sesshin listed here: sesshin info

We are also very happy to announce that Myogan Djinn Gallagher will take up the position of our resident teacher commencing 3rd January 2017.  We hope that everyone will welcome her warmly to Belfast.

The new BMZC schedule is listed at the bottom of this post and follows the existing schedule with a few additions.

djinn-picMyogan Djinn Gallagher will join us in January as the resident priest and teacher at Black Mountain Zen Centre.  Born in Dublin, Djinn started practising as a student of our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller in 2003 while still living in Ireland.

Her intention to train as a priest led her to residential practice at San Francisco Zen Centre where she lived from 2007 until 2016, first in the monastery, Tassajara (where she met her husband, Richard Larson), and then in the urban temple in San Francisco.

Ordained as a priest by Paul in 2013, she completed her training with a three-month practice period as “shuso” (head monk) in Tassajara in the autumn of 2015. Djinn has already met many of our sangha members over the years at BMZC sesshins and other events, and looks forward to meeting and making friends with all the members of our community as she finds her place in Belfast.

Schedule

Monday
7:00 am – 8:15 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
8:15 am – 8:45 am Formal tea in Zendo

Tuesday
7:00 am – 8:15 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
8:15 am – 8:45 am Formal tea in Zendo
8:45 am – 10:00 am Practice Discussion
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Zazen
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Dharma Talk Series & Discussion

Wednesday
7:00 am – 8:15 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
8:15 am – 8:45 am Formal tea in Zendo
8:45 am -10:00 am Practice Discussion

Thursday
7:00 am – 8:15 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
8:15 am – 8:45 am Formal tea in Zendo
8:45 am – 10:00 am Practice Discussion

Friday
7:00 am – 8:15 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
8:15 am – 8:45 am Formal tea in Zendo
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Zazen
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Dharma Talk Series & Discussion

Saturday
9.30 am – 10.30 am Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:45 am – 12:45 Dharma talk and discussion

Sunday
10:30 am – 11:00 am Zazen
11:00 am – 11:45 am Dharma Talk

Practice Discussion
It is an opportunity to see the teacher one-on-one to discuss what’s going on for you and how you’re practising with it.
Available Tuesdays – Fridays between 8:45 am – 10:00 am.
Sign up either at the Centre, or by talking with Djinn or Brenda.