Solstice Retreat led by Andre Elsen


Saturday, June 22, 6 pm – 8 pm, & Sunday, June 23, 7 am – 6 pm

The first event of our practice period, The Path of Liberation, is a retreat led by our shuso, Andre Elsen, that will begin on Saturday evening at 6 pm and end on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. We will sit three periods of zazen on Saturday evening and ten periods of zazen on Sunday, encouraging us to deepen and settle in our practice. The periods of zazen will be 30 minutes long, separated by ten minutes of kinhin, and there will be a dharma talk on Sunday morning and a yoga session during the afternoon. We will end with a sharing circle.

Andre’s dharma talk at 10:20 am will be his “Way-Seeking Mind” talk, traditionally the first talk by a shuso, in which he will outline his path to practice.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring vegetarian food for breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

It is possible to join the Sunday event at any time – please take care to ring the doorbell only during kinhin!

  • The suggested donation to be part of this event is a sliding scale from £10 to £25.

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Ryushin Paul Haller Summer Visit 2018

paul 2018Our guiding teacher Ryushin Paul Haller will attend zazen every morning from Monday, September 3 to Friday, September 7, and will host a sharing circle (with green tea!) in the zendo after morning service. He will attend evening zazen on Tuesday, September 4, Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7, followed by a dharma discussion or talk. On Saturday, September 8 he will offer two workshops, The Heart of the Zen Way and Beginner’s Mind from 10 am to 12:30 pm, and Essentials of Zazen from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. On Sunday, September 9, Paul will attend morning zazen at 10 am, and give a dharma talk. Sunday afternoon he will lead a workshop To Study the Way is to Study the Self, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Monday-Friday, September 3-7

Zazen and sharing circle 7 am to 8.30 am

Tuesday, September 4

Zazen and Discussion 7 pm

Thursday, September 6

Zazen and Dharma Talk 7 pm

Friday, September 7

Zazen and Dharma Talk 7 pm

Saturday, September 8

Workshop: The Heart of the Zen Way and Beginner’s Mind,10 am to 12:30 pm
Workshop: Essentials of Zazen,1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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)