Just to be alive is enough.
Each of you is perfect the way you are…and you can use a little improvement.
In your everyday life, you always have a chance to have enlightenment. Whatever you do.
Everything is a teaching for us: the colour of a mountain, the sound of a river…each one is a teaching of the Buddha.
Always have a new, fresh experience of your true self, here and now.

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Tathagata by Suzuki Roshi

Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings. Welcoming diversity, here at Black Mountain Zen Centre the practice of Zazen is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.

May all beings realize their true nature.

Black Mountain Zen Centre is based in Belfast and has groups throughout N. Ireland.

The practice of Black Mountain Zen Centre is Soto Zen in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

We are guided in our practice of the Buddha Way by our Teacher
Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi, an authorised Dharma Heir of the Suzuki Roshi lineage,
Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery.

We emphasize the practice of Zazen (meditation) as the essence of Shakyamuni Buddha's practice,
together with the practice of precepts and the cultivation of Compassion and Wisdom.

"The zazen I speak of is not learning meditation.
It is simply the Dharma gate of repose and bliss,
the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment.
It is the manifestation of ultimate reality...
Once its heart is grasped, you are like the dragon when he gains the water, like the tiger when she enters the mountain."

~ Dogen Zenji.


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