An Invitation from Paul Haller

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Online Practice April 21 – May 2, via Zoom


Dear Sangha,

I hope you are well both physically and spiritually. I suspect that, like myself, you feel that “shelter in place” has been going on for a long time. Hopefully as we create online dharma events, we can accept being physically distant and socially draw closer.

Since I can’t make my customary April visit to N Ireland. I would like to offer you some online options:

My suggestion is that next week (Tuesday April 21st through Saturday 25th) we meet online at 7:30 pm Belfast time (19:30) and sit together. I’ll make some brief comments about practice and then we’ll have a dharma “sharing circle” (i.e. after some opening remarks by me we will each share our experience of practising with the mindfulness theme of the day).

Then the following week (Monday April 27th through Saturday May 2nd) there will be a morning online sitting led by Djinn at 7 am Belfast time (07:00), and in the evening at 7:30 pm Belfast time (19:30) we will sit and I will give a dharma talk. During the day each person can decide how to make that a practice day for themselves. We can discuss what that might entail.

We will offer these events on a donation basis. The centre relies on the income from sesshin to help cover our operating costs. You can find details about how to make a donation here:

Please email Djinn here if you wish to participate and we’ll send you the internet link to the event.


Sesshin Postponed until August

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Walking meditation in the grounds of Benburb Priory

Tuesday, August 25 – Sunday, August 30, 2020

We have postponed the 2020 spring sesshin at Benburb Priory led by Ryushin Paul Haller, the guiding teacher of Black Mountain Zen Centre. Practising with instability and impermanence, we hope that Paul will be able to visit us in August to lead a sesshin for the above dates. We still have a reservation for these dates at Benburb, although they are now closed; they tell us they will review the situation in July.

If you’d like to get in touch, please contact us by email here.