Saturday Morning Drop-In Study Group

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Saturdays, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

The book we’re reading on Saturday mornings at 11:15 am is Not Always So, the second collection of Shunryu Suzuki’s provocative and intriguing dharma talks. Our group uses the reading as a jumping-off point for our discussion of how we practise the dharma in our everyday lives. As every chapter is a self-contained talk, it’s possible to drop in at any point. The book is not available on Kindle, but we do have some copies available at the centre, and we encourage you to buy your own copy, if possible. If you plan to read the text in advance, we’ll proceed through the chapters as follows:

  • February 8: Resuming Big Mind
  • February 15: Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind
  • The weekend of February 21 to 23, Andre Elsen will be offering a retreat, Ordinary Mind is Zen. You are warmly invited to take part – click here for more info. 
  • February 29: No study group
  • March 7: No study group
  • March 14: Supported From Within
  • March 21: Open Your Intuition
  • March 28: Find Out for Yourself
  • April 4: Be Kind With Yourself
  • April 11: No study group

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. 

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