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.

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Zendo Closed


In the shadow of Covid-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close the zendo until things settle down. We encourage you to think of this time as an opportunity to sit quietly in your own space. If you are free in the afternoons, Monday to Friday, online zazen at San Francisco Zen Centre happens at 12:50 our time (it will change to 13:50 on Sunday, March 29):

Here is a poem by Lynn Ungar that expresses a way to practise at this challenging time:


What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 11/3/20