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

Workshop: ‘To Study the Way is to Study the Self’

shundo-orchidSaturday, April 27, 2 pm—5 pm, suggested donation £25

Led by Ryushin Paul Haller
“To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.” Eihei Dogen, Genjo Koan
Generally speaking, we’re caught up in the stuff of life. Then with Zen training we learn how to pause it. Then we pick up life’s issues again but with the insight that our dramas are not the whole story—that is, to realise it’s possible to relate to life’s challenges as a teaching on how to be more fully alive. Learning how to not be constantly struggling with the dramas of our life and instead creasing that struggle, if even just for a moment, helps create the space and ability to see more clearly what’s going on. Then we can learn how to relate to the very same dramas with skillfulness rather than stress; less agitation and more equanimity. Bringing awareness to body, breath and mind creates the capacity to see our habitual patterns of behavior and begin to drop them. In the dropping we can see the world in a new way—less as the product of our desires and concerns and more as the ever-unfolding manifestation of life. Each of us is part of that unfolding and at the same time expressing our individuality. As we realise this truth, we can start to bring an intentional response to what life presents.
This workshop will present the basics of Zen training of body, breath and mind and explore how to learn from the awareness they promote—an awareness that helps us to see how our personal experience co-exists with the experience of others and all life. This ongoing discovery is, in Zen language, the “Koan of Being Alive” (Genjo Koan).

  • Suggested donation £25, but please just donate whatever you can afford when you arrive – your presence is the most important offering. To register, click here