Silent Meditation Day for Inner Peace

A silent meditation day fo rinner peace in my peaceful garden room in Oxford!. 

The day schedule includes Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Suizen (mediation on Shakuhachi playing by Ruud), text reading (by Ruud). This retreat is open to all, beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The whole retreat will be in silence with the option to stay at the end for sharing or questions. In case of urgent necessities you are free to interrupt your zazen and leave the zendo for some time.

Day and time

Saturday's from 10:30-16:00

2013: November 9th

2014: January 11th, March 22nd  and May 17th

Contribution

£15 at the door.

Practicalities

There are 6 zazen periods of 30 minutes each, in which you can sit on a cushion(s), stool or chair.

Preferably bring your own cushion.

There will be no burning of incense.

Tea included.

Bring your own lunch.

Maximum 6 participants.

Meditation in Ch'an tradition

MahaKaruna is a central concept within Mahayana Buddhism, to which Ch'an belongs (Ch'an = Zen = meditation).  Maha Karuna is Sanskrit for “Great Compassion”. Ch’an was founded by Bodhidharma who lived during the 5th/6th century in China. It has been transmitted by a living succession from person to person, and does not focus on any particular scripture but emphasizes the direct experience of the enlightened mind. 

This specific Ch'an group stands in the tradition of Ch'an and the Zen master Ton Lathouwers and his Zen master Teh Ching. Inspiration is drawn also from other Zen masters such as  Shin'ichi Hisamatsu, Ama Sami and Thich Nhat Hanh and from other spiritual teachers from various traditions.