Ryushin Paul Haller Summer Visit 2018

paul 2018We are happy to announce that our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller will be visiting us from Tuesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 9. Paul’s trip will begin with our five-day sesshin in Benburb Priory. The sesshin will start Tuesday evening, August 28, and end on Sunday afternoon, September 2. You can either attend for the whole period or for the weekend from Friday evening to Sunday.

Paul will attend morning zazen every day from Monday, September 3 to Friday, September 7, and will lead a sharing circle (with green tea!) in the zendo each morning after service. He will give a dharma talk on the evenings of Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7. On Saturday, September 8 he will be part of a poetry event at Crescent Arts with acclaimed poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Padraig O Tuama  – more details soon! On Sunday, September 9, Paul will lead morning zazen at 10 am, and then give a dharma talk. Sunday afternoon he will offer a workshop entitled To Study the Way is to Study the Self, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Tuesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 2

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. The application form is available here: Word / PDF

Monday-Friday, September 3-7

Zazen and sharing circle 7 am to 8.30 am

Thursday, September 6

Zazen and Dharma Talk 7 pm

Friday, September 7

Zazen and Dharma Talk 7 pm

Saturday, September 8

Poetry event at Crescent Arts (details to follow)

Sunday, September 9

Zazen and Dharma Talk 10 am
Workshop: ‘To Study the Way is to Study the Self’, 1 pm to 5 pm

(All events are at Black Mountain Zen Centre, 64 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GT, apart from the sesshin at Benburb Priory and the poetry event at Crescent Arts)

 

An Introduction to Zen, August 12

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Sunday, August 12, 1 pm–4 pm

Find out how to use the teachings of Zen Buddhism to transform your life. During this introductory afternoon, you will:

  • Learn some simple techniques to help settle your mind
  • Find a sitting posture to maintain a quiet steadiness while you meditate
  • Design a meditation space to support a regular practice
  • Discover the path that leads to an easing of stress, anxiety and depression

Come to Black Mountain Zen Centre, 64 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GT. Press the buzzer marked “Zen” and we’ll open the door and welcome you! Just bring an open mind – and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

The suggested donation is £10, but please just donate whatever you can afford.