August Sesshin at Benburb

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Tuesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 1, 2019

Ryushin Paul Haller, the guiding teacher of Black Mountain Zen Centre, will spend the last two weeks of August with us this year, culminating in a five-day sesshin at Benburb Priory.

This silent meditation retreat will start on Tuesday evening, August 27, and end on Sunday afternoon, September 1, with the final event of our practice period, the shuso ceremony of Andre Elsen. Participants can either attend for the whole five days or for the weekend from Friday evening to Sunday. The suggested donation to cover our costs has slightly increased to £​310 for the full five days, and ​​£165 for the weekend, Friday to Sunday – this covers your single room and three vegetarian meals per day, plus unlimited tea and coffee during breaks. Please offer what you can afford, and if you can make a larger donation, that is also gratefully received.

Please follow the details on the application form in order to apply. An updated application form is available here: Sesshin application

Ryushin Paul Haller Spring Visit 2019

paul 2018We are happy to announce that our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller will be visiting us from Tuesday April 23 to Sunday May 5, and there will be many joyful opportunities to experience his wisdom, good humour and insight. Paul will attend morning zazen on Tuesday April 23, Wednesday April 24, Thursday April 25, Friday April 26, and Monday April 29, and will lead a sharing circle (with green tea!) in the zendo each morning after service. He will give a dharma talk on Wednesday April 24 and Friday April 26. On Saturday April 27 he will lead a morning workshop from 10 am to 1 pm called The Heart of the Zen Way, and an afternoon workshop from 2 pm to 5pm, To Study the Way is to Study the Self. On Sunday April 28 he will lead morning zazen at 10 am, and then give a dharma talk, followed by an opportunity for discussion over a cup of tea. Sunday afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm he will offer a half-day workshop particularly aimed at beginners, but also helpful for more experienced students, Essentials of Zazen. On Sunday evening at 4:15 pm, we will have a Sangha Meeting where we will discuss ideas and suggestions about how to make our practice life as meaningful as possible.

All of the suggested donation amounts are to help us to cover Paul’s expenses. You are very welcome to attend even if you can’t support us in this way – your presence is the most important thing. If you can afford to make a larger donation, that will be gratefully received.

Details of the events, including sesshin, are listed below. All events are at Black Mountain Zen Centre, 64 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2GT (press the buzzer marked “ZEN”),  except for sesshin, which will be at Benburb Priory.

Tuesday, April 23
7 am to 8.30 am: Zazen and sharing circle

Wednesday, April 24
7 am to 8.30 am: Zazen and sharing circle

7 pm: Zazen and Dharma Talk

Thursday, April 25
7 am to 8.30 am: Zazen and sharing circle

Friday, April 26
7 am to 8.30 am: Zazen and sharing circle

7 pm: Zazen and Dharma Talk

Saturday, April 27
10 am to 1 pm: Workshop: The Heart of the Zen Way
Suggested donation: £25

2 pm to 5 pm: Workshop: To Study the Way is to Study the Self
Suggested donation: £25

Sunday, April 28
10 am: Zazen and Dharma Talk

1 pm to 4 pm: Workshop: Essentials of Zazen
Suggested donation: £25

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm: Sangha Meeting

Monday, April 29
7 am to 8.30 am: Zazen and sharing circle

Tuesday, April 30 – Sunday, May 5
Sesshin at Benburb Priory.

The sesshin will start Tuesday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. You can either attend for the whole period or for the weekend from Friday evening to Sunday.

Please follow the details on the application form in order to apply. The application form for 2019 is available here:  Word / PDF