Ordinary Mind is Zen: A weekend with Andre Elsen

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Friday, February 21, 7 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, February 22, 9 am – 5 pm 

(Andre will also give the Sunday morning dharma talk on February 23.)

In Zen we have many forms, many ways to express practice, to train our minds and our selves. Yet what do we do when we get up, eat breakfast, work, speak to our partners or friends or children? At those times, what mind will we express – and is that the same mind that does zazen? What is zazen mind? How do we cultivate this mind on and off the cushion?

What if all our ideas of zen, zazen and any other state of mind are just the thing that keeps us from really being this person? What if truly being this one is zen? Let’s work together and try to explore this as wholeheartedly and honestly as we can.

Suggested donation £15, and if that’s a challenge, please simply offer whatever you can afford. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring vegetarian food to share on Saturday. 

Please help us manage numbers by registering for a free ticket here

 

Rainbow Zen: Meditation for LGBTQ+ People, February 2, 2-4 pm

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Rainbow Enso by Kaz Tanahashi

Our Rainbow Zen group is a safe space for LGBTQ+ practitioners to explore Buddhist meditation as a support for a liberated life. The next group, on Sunday, February 2, will meet from 2 pm to 4 pm and will focus on the theme of Labels. There will be a little meditation, a lot of sharing, and tea and cookies.

Please feel invited to join us; no need to register; just show up and press the buzzer marked “Zen”. Parking in St Anne’s Cathedral car park is free on Sundays.