Two online classes with Ryushin Paul Haller

We’re delighted to share an invitation from Ryushin to join him for two classes in January. If you’d like to participate, please contact us here.

Dear Followers of the Way,

Happy New Year. May you and all beings be well and flourish.

I’m writing to you to describe a two-class offering at Black Mountain Zen Centre based on the teachings I gave at Tassajara during the Fall Practice Period that ended in December. These online classes will be Thursday, January 20 and Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 7 pm-8:20 pm Belfast time (add one hour for Slovenia and Germany, two hours for Greece). 

We’ll send you a recording of the final summary of that nine-session Tassajara class in advance of our first online class together. During our class we’ll sit for twenty minutes, have a twenty-minute presentation and then a thirty-minute Q&A session. We’ll follow a similar format in the second class. 

The classes will be offered on a donation basis but you’ll need to sign up to receive the original audio recording of the summary class. The Tassajara classes described the cultivation of practice from initial intentions, through the details of engaging awareness, to the application of non-dual engagement in everyday life.

I look forward to practising together.



Saturday Study Group

For our weekly study group on Saturdays, we are now reading The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo, by Kosho Uchiyama and Shohaku Okumura. This inspiring book, published in 2014, is a collection of the sayings of the great Zen teacher Kodo Sawaki, each with a commentary by his student Uchiyama. The teachings are translated and glossed by Uchiyama’s student Shohaku Okamura, whose clear English allows us to appreciate the wit and insight of the lineage he followed.

We encourage you take part in our investigation of this fascinating text every Saturday at 11 am Belfast time (12 noon in Germany, France, Norway and Slovenia, 13:00 in Athens). We’ll use the Zoom link 763 077 3412 with the password zendo for our weekly study group. We’ll use the same link for zazen beforehand, 10 am to 11 am, if you’d like to join us for that, too.

Join Zoom Meeting  (passcode: zendo)