Zazenkai, Belfast

@ Black Mountain Zen Centre.

Day of Zazen. 
Including afternoon practice discussion period. 
Please bring lunch to share.
Meets on the third Sunday of every month 
from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM.



Spring 2014 Visit by our Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi.

WEDNESDAY 23rd April
Zazen and sharing circle 7am to 8.30am
Dokusan 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Board Meeting 7pm to 9pm

THURSDAY 24th
Zazen and sharing circle 7am to 8.30am
Dokusan 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm
Zazen & Dharma Talk 7pm to 9pm

FRIDAY 25th
Zazen and sharing circle 7am to 8.30am
Morning & Afternoon with the Mayor as Belfast Buddhist Chaplain
Zazen & Dharma Talk 7pm to 9pm

SATURDAY 26th
All day Mindfulness workshop 10 to 4pm
Limited places Cost £30 per person
For info and registration contact Frank by email at
mindfulnessbelfast@gmail.com
Registration closes on the 20th

SUNDAY 27th
Zazenkai 10am to 4pm

MONDAY 28th
Zazen and sharing circle 7am to 8.30am
Dokusan 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm

TUESDAY 29th April to SUNDAY 4th May
Spring Sesshin @ Benburb Priory
For bookings and inquiries please email
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org






Weekend Retreat with Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi @ Benburb


                   13th to 15th December 2013


Schedule of Amy Hollowell’s visit to BMZC

22nd - 24th November 2013

Amy Hollowell is an American-born Parisian poet, journalist and translator. In 2004, she founded the Wild Flower Zen group, which she continues to lead in France and Portugal.

Theme of Weekend Workshops:  Zen and the Art of Living  

Friday 22nd Nov:

 7pm-7.45: Zazen, Kinhin

 7.45 -8.30 Introduction to theme of workshops

Saturday

 9am -10am Zazen, Kinhin

10.30- 12 noon: Zen and the Art of Living, part 1.

12 noon -1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 – 4pm Zen the Art of Living, part 2

Large and small group discussion/question-and-answer time.

Sunday

9am -10am Zazen, Kinhin

10.30-12 noon: Zen the Art of Living, part 3

Suggested donation: £10 per workshop/£15 for full day.

If you want to attend part of all of weekend, please sign up, indicating which workshop you want to go to. If you need any further details, please contact brenda.liddy@gmail.com




September Training Weekend with Andre Elsen

28th to 29th Sept 2013

For more details or to book a place contact Frank on 07976 559958

Saturday the 28th
Time 10 to 12 noon
Cost £10
Venue BMZC
Workshop: Mindfulness and Mental Health
An introduction to practice for those experiencing mental health concerns.

Saturday the 28th
Time 2-00 to 4-00pm
Venue BMZC
Cost £10
Workshop: Practice, Body, Breath and Posture.

Sunday the 29th
Doan Training - TBC




Visit by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi

Aug/Sept 2013

All events are held in BMZC unless stated otherwise.

For Dokusan requests please email secretary@blackmountainzencentre.org


DHARMA CIRCLE 8.15-9am Wed 21st August/Thurs 22nd/Fri 23rd & Mon 2nd Sept.

Dokusan  limited places Friday 23rd August (pm) & Monday 2nd Sept (am).
 


Wednesday 21st August 

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Dharma Circle 8.15am - 9.00am


Thursday 22nd August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Friday 23rd August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Dharma Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan available in the afternoon

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Sunday 25th to Friday 31st August

                                                Sesshin    (BMZC will be closed)                                               


Sunday 1st September

Morning Zazen & 'Sangha Practicing Together' 10.30am - 12.30pm
Lunch will be provided in gratitude to Sangha 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Monday 2nd September

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Dharma Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan available in the morning

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm



Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi

 
Sunday 25th to Friday 30th August 2013


Senior dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Centre
http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.


Practice at this Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let us know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.

We encourage people to register early and for an entire six day period. Those who wish to come for less than six days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

Shared accommodation is in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accommodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Donation to cover costs £275 Sunday to Friday.
 
We do need a completed booking form for you to be registered on Sesshin even if your place has already been confirmed,
and you will be asked to complete one at registration if you have not already done so.
 
We regret that only Sunday to Friday bookings are available.
Registrations will be accepted from 3.00-5.00pm and 9.00-9.30pm on Sunday.
It will not be possible to register and be allocated your room outside these times.
If you arrive outside these times you must speak with the Ino during a break in the schedule
before taking your place in the Zendo.
The Ino will be identified on a notice of Zendo Officers, beside the schedule outside the Zendo.
Day drop-ins cannot be accomodated due to limited space.

Bookings forms are available in the Centre or can be accessed by emailing
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org


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Weekend Seminar with Andre Elsen
'Zen Forms & Practice'
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March 2013
 

We are very pleased to be hosting this weekend seminar with our good friend Andre Elsen.

Andre has been a long time student of Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi, having trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery. Andre also sits on the Board of Directors for BMZC.


Renowned for his keen insight into the spirit of Zen forms and practice, as well as his ability to convey the details of these to students, this is a weekend which we really recommend no member of the Sangha misses out on.


A sign-up sheet will be in the the Centre shortly and we encourage you to add your name asap, or let us know by email that you will be attending to confirm your place. Thank you.






Visit by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi

August 2012

All events are held in BMZC unless stated otherwise.

For Dokusan requests please use signup sheet in the Centre
or email secretary@blackmountainzencentre.org

Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th August 2012

Sesshin @ Benburb Priory

Monday 20th August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Tuesday 21st August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan 10.00am - 12.00pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Wednesday 22nd August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan 10.00am - 12.00pm 
Zazen & Dharma Talk @ Newcastle Zen Group 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Thursday 23rd August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Friday 24th August

Morning Zazen 7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle 8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan 10.00am - 12.00pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Saturday 25th August

Workshop ~ Mindfulness, an introduction through Zazen    10.00am - 12.30pm

Workshop ~ Practicing Mindfulness with difficult emotions and mental states    1.30pm - 4.00pm

@ Queens University Belfast
Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast
Contact Frank on 0797 6559958 for more information

We greatly encourage every member of the Sangha to attend, and we also welcome members of the general public to come along.

Suggested donation: Waged - £20 per workshop or £30 for both workshops.

Unwaged - £10 per workshop or £15 for both workshops.

Sunday 26th August

Zazen & Posture Workshop 10.30am - 12.30pm 
Update Meeting on incorporation and new membership & volunteer structures 2pm - 4pm




Summer Film Season July August 2012

Dear Sangha,

 

We'd like to invite you to attend our Summer Season of Zen Film @ BMZC.

The four selections below have been chosen to offer a range of historical and informative  material looking at Zen through its Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Western aspects.   

 

The films will run from 16th July for four weeks through to 6th August.

We'll take a short break around Roshi's visit which lasts from 14th through to 26th August.

 

Shortly thereafter we'll show an Autumn Season of films.

 

It is our hope that you'll be able to join us on Monday evenings @ 7pm to watch these selections on a large screen. Feel free to sit on your cushions or in chairs, bring some snacks, relax, have fun and enjoy some social time with the Sangha. We look forward to seeing you there :)  

 

 

Monday 6th August 2012

Old Plum Mountain - Life Inside The Gate

Old Plum Mountain

Directed by: Edwin Herzog

Runtime: 65 minutes

Release year: 2011

Studio: Herzog Productions

The Berkeley Zen Center: Life Inside the Gate
tells the story of the Berkeley Zen Center, one of the oldest, self-sustaining, lay practice centers in the West. Told through the experiences of its members as they practice Soto Zen's ancient rituals, do mindful work, cook and serve food, and sit zazen, this 65-minute documentary describes how this practice has dramatically changed, challenged, and sustained their lives. Founded in 1967 by the late Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and his student Sojun Mel Weitsman, this uniquely American Zen Center offers to all, lay person and priest, a safe and supportive place to engage in a path of spiritual exploration.

Monday 30th July 2012

Zen Buddhism - In Search of Self

In Search of Self

Directed by: Gong Jae-Sung

Runtime: 65 minutes

Release year: 2007

Studio: Turtle Press

Following a tradition dating back over 1000 years, two dozen Buddhist nuns gather for a ninety day period of meditation, fasting and contemplation deep in the mountains of South Korea. With the singular goal of attaining enlightenment, the women undertake a rigorous schedule of meditation, at one point sitting for seven days without sleep. In this first ever documentary on the practice of Dong Ahn Geo (Winter Zen Retreat), you'll be invited into the Baek Hung Buddhist Temple to witness not only the nuns strict meditation practice, but their daily lives in which we see not only a deep spiritual discipline but an almost childlike joy and simplicity. Since the Great Monk Hyecheol built Baek Hung Temple in the 10th century during the Silla Dynasty (AD 57-935), the temple has been known for the most rigorous Cham Sun (Zen) practice. Forbidden until now, the camera captures the austere beauty of the Korean countryside and the long secret traditions of this Buddhist Zen retreat. This historic documentary was filmed from November 29, 2001 to February 26, 2002 at Baek Hung Temple, Palgong Mountain, Daegu, South Korea. 

Monday 23rd July 2012

Amongst White Clouds

Amongst White Clouds

Directed by: Edward A. Burger

Runtime: 86 minutes

Release year: 2007

Studio: Festival Media

American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. "Amongst White Clouds is a look at the lives of zealot students, gaunt ascetics and wise masters living in isolated hermitages dotting the peaks and valleys of China's Zhongnan Mountain range." The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. Many of China's most realized Buddhist masters attained enlightenment in this very range! And now? It is widely thought that this tradition was all but wiped out by the twists and turns of history. "Amongst White Clouds" shows us this is not the case. One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. With both humor and compassion, these inspiring and warm-hearted characters challenge us to join them in an exploration of our own suffering and enlightenment in this modern world.

 

Monday 16th July 2012

 The Zen Mind 

The Zen Mind  

Directed by: Createspace  

Runtime: 57 minutes  

Release year: 2007  

Studio: Empty Mind FilmsA travelogue across the breadth of Japan to explore the practice of modern day zen. We will take you from the bustle of rush-hour Tokyo to the tranquil mountains of Kyoto. From zen centers hidden among skyscrpaers to the zendo in a remote monastery. With unrestricted access, we will take you into a world outsiders rarely see or hear about. It is a world where material wealth is exchanged for spiritual wealth. Where the mind is trained and conditioned like an olympic athlete. Zen training is explored in The Zen Mind through the practice of zazen or sitting meditation and kinhin (walking meditation). With interviews, demonstrations of sitting and actual practice, we take the lid off the many misconceptions that abound in zen meditation. While the cloistered lifestyle of the zen monk is in decline in Japan, zen meditation is spreading rapidly in the west. Typical of this modern approach to dharma practice is the Dogen sangha, a zen center in Tokyo where commuters stop on their way home for zen meditation. It is a complete contrast to the remote mountain monasteries where formal buddhist rituals are zelously maintained. This contrast heightens as we enter Japan s largest Soto zen monastery and join the monks in their everyday workplace, cooking and cleaning. Before and after their work is done they will sit in zazen. We will take you into the zendo or meditation hall and like a fly on the zendo wall, witness the monks as they begin what will be many hours of zazen and sometimes through the night. Only the abrupt crack of the roshi s stick on the monks shoulder breaks the silence as he summons them to focus, flushing out any thoughts... erasing self-doubt and ego... clearing a path to self-realization. The Zen Mind soundtrack is by Christopher Yohmei, a grandmaster of the shakuhachi flute.


 

 

  

 Visits by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi 


Tuesday 24th April to Sunday 6th May 2012 

 

Tuesday 14th August to Sunday 26th August 2012 
(Sesshin 14th to 19th August)




The first week of both visits (Tuesday to Sunday) we will hold Sesshin at Benburb
and BMZC will be closed for normal business.

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All events are held in BMZC unless stated otherwise.

For Dokusan requests please use signup sheet in the Centre.

 

Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th April 2012   

 

Sesshin @ Benburb Priory

 

Monday 30th April

 

Morning Zazen                  7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am - 9.00am

 

Tuesday 1st May

 

Morning Zazen                    7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am - 9.00am

     Dokusan                              10.30am - 12.30pm  

Zazen & Dharma Talk         7.00pm - 8.30pm

 

Wednesday 2nd May

 

Morning Zazen                  7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan                        10.30am - 11.30am  

 

Thursday 3rd May

 

Morning Zazen                  7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am - 9.00am

Zazen & Dharma Talk        7.00pm - 8.30pm

 

Friday 4th May

 

Morning Zazen                  7.00am - 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am - 9.00am

Dokusan                          10.30am - 12.00pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk        7.00pm - 8.30pm

 

Saturday 5th May   

 

'Zen Body' Workshop ~ Working with the Body    10.00am - 12.30pm    

 

'Zen Mind' Workshop ~ Practicing with Emotions    2.00pm - 4.30pm    

 

in the beautiful historic setting of Clifton House, Belfast 

http://www.cliftonbelfast.org.uk/   

 

These workshops are an invaluable opportunity to receive instruction from Roshi on how we can best work with body mind. We greatly encourage every member of the Sangha to attend, and we also welcome members of the general public to come along.   

 

Suggested donation: Waged - £15 per workshop or £25 for both workshops.

Unwaged - Donate according to your means.

 

Sunday 6th May

 

Zazen, Dharma Talk & Posture Workshop      10.30am - 1.00pm   




Sunday 29th January 2012
BMZC Zen & Recovery Group present

Mindfulness and the Twelve Steps



Date 29th January 2012
Time 7-30pm @ BMZC

This weekly practice group explores basic teachings of mindfulness practice of mindfulness and their reflection in the twelve steps. The group supplements recovery and is designed to reveal to us that consistent mindfulness and meditation practice is vital to spiritual progress.

We begin each session with a period of meditation and follow with a brief presentation and discussion. Anyone who wants to support a 12-step recovery program with a deepened understanding of meditation and Buddhism is welcome.

“We meet Sunday evenings, one chapter in a nation-wide community of Twelve Steps and Mindfulness meetings. Our addictions are wide-spread: drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, cigarettes, or codependency. Everyone is welcome.

 We introduce ourselves by going around the circle, saying our first name and Twelve Step affiliation. We have a common interest in meditation practices and how they can inform our recovery from addiction. Each month, we discuss one of the Twelve Steps and how Buddhist thought, meditation, and mindfulness practice can inform its application to our life in recovery. We sit in silent meditation together, hear a talk by one of our members, and share our reflections.

 As with many Twelve Step meetings, we are a diverse group of people, yet we are part of the great stream of beings seeking deeper serenity in our lives, grounded in sobriety by the Twelve Step program, inspired to awaken and live in the present by the practices of mindfulness meditation. In our addictions, we were never here in the moment. We wanted to be gone. Now we are learning to wake up to the joy of being alive. Please make yourself at home.”

Adapted from   by Thérèse Jacobs Stewart

(MN: Hazelden Publications, 2010.)

Download handout on Meditation Room (“Zendo”) Etiquette



Please register your interest by contacting Frank on 07976559958 or email
Mindfulnessbelfast@gmail.com




Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December 2011
3 Day InterFaith Retreat with Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi



of Morning Star Zendo, New York.
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 (Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds)

Booking forms are also available from BMZC or can be emailed upon request to
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org

Suggested donation to cover costs £160

Friday 9th December: Registration 5-6PM; Dinner 6PM; Retreat begins 7PM.

Sunday 11th December: ends 3PM.

Robert Kennedy is an engaging Zen teacher who leads retreats in Europe and America. He is a Christian Priest & Theologian, and Consultant Psychiatrist as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage.

He studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, with Taizan
Maezumi Roshi  in Los Angeles, and with Bernie Glassman Roshi  in New York. He received dharma transmission  from Glassman Roshi in 1997.

During Zen retreats Kennedy Roshi teaches only Zen in his public talks. However he is generally willing to answer questions on other subjects during one to one dokusan practice interviews. This may be a particular advantage to those who combine Christian faith with Zen practice. He is the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit.

His approach to Zen combines some aspects of both the Soto and Rinzai traditions.




Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th December 2011
Rohatsu Sesshin with Ingen Breen in Venice



"Join us for zazen, the meditation of 'serene reflection', in Venice, the 'most serene republic', in December; let the liquid calm of the city find it's mirror image in your mind, and as Dögen says, 'take the backward step that turns your light inward and illuminates the self'.

Rohatsu is the great sesshin of the zen year. Literally it means the 8th day of the 12th month. This is the day when Zen celebrates the Buddha's Enlightenment, and Rohatsu Sesshin is therefore the Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin.
The story goes that on the night Shakyamuni Gotama attained Enlightenment he sat up all night in meditation and upon seeing the morning star, Venus, realised his own true nature. During this retreat Venus will be seen as an evening star and we can 'connect the dots' (between us and the Buddha) as we fall asleep in meditative tranquility. I can't imagine a city more suited to this story than Venice. 

Some temples have the tradition of sitting up all night on the last day of sesshin and you will have that option on this occasion. 
We are fortunate that on the last night of this sesshin there will be an almost full moon. Some of us will sit up all night, step outside during breaks and look at the moon reflecting on the waters of Venice, maybe go for a midnight stroll - Venice is a very safe city. I would call this 'romancing the Dharma'.

Please join us for a very memorable sesshin. Your participation is you making a gift of this sesshin to everyone else, for without you it won't happen."

This Sesshin is not organised by BMZC; you must contact Ingen directly with queries and bookings.
The details are posted http://sites.google.com/site/stresspionage/home/ro
Please email questions to ingen@stresspionage.com




Sunday 30th October 2011
BMZC Zen & Recovery Group present
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (First Meeting)



A six week intoduction to the practice of Mindfulness

Please register your interest by 18th October 2011.
Queries toFrank on 07976559958 or email
Monday 10th October 2011
Dharma Group - Practice Period Classes
(ongoing on Monday evenings over next few months)



~ from Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi re: participating in N. Ireland

"Dear all

We thought it would be helpful to let you know about our upcoming classes at SFZC and about a formal practice event we call "Practice Period." It's a ten-week period of time during which we offer participants the guidance and support to sustain a committed relationship to Zazen and mindfulness during the day. We are interested in finding ways to support and encourage sustained practice right in the middle of a busy life. There are ways you can be meaningfully part of the practice period without living at SF City Center.

For instance, we offer a range of classes on week nights and one on Saturday morning.
They are described on the web site here: http://www.sfzc.org/cc/display.asp?catid=2%2C6%2C96

Also, we'd like to offer the opportunity to join a Dharma Group at BMZC that will meet weekly to discuss aspects of practice that will be presented in the talks. Please let us know if you're interested in this by emailing contact@blackmountainzencentre.org

And finally, Practice Period includes a Dharma talk on Wednesday and one on Saturday morning. The talks will be available on the web site at http://www.sfzc.org/zc/display.asp?catid=1%2C10&pageid=440

If you'd like to talk about the many ways you can customize your participation (as endless as there are beings with their particular schedules), please feel free to get in touch with my assistant Joan Amaral at ccabbotassist@sfzc.org.

Thank you very much and we look forward to sharing this wondrous practice with you!"

Paul Haller
Abbot, City Center
San Francisco Zen Center





Visits by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi

Tuesday 23rd August to Sunday 4th September 2011

Sesshin - Tuesday 23rd August to Sunday 28th August 2011


PaulHaller

Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at this Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let us know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.

We encourage people to register early and for an entire six day period. Those who wish to come for less than six days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

Shared accommodation is in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accommodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Donation to cover costs £275 Tuesday to Sunday, £150 Friday to Sunday.
 
We do need a completed booking form for you to be registered on Sesshin even if your place has already been confirmed,
and you will be asked to complete one at registration if you have not already done so.
 
We regret that only Tuesday to Sunday or Friday to Sunday bookings are available.
Tuesday registrations will be accepted from 3.00-5.00pm and 9.00-9.30pm.
Friday registrations will be accepted from 8.30-10.00pm.
It will not be possible to register and be allocated your room outside these times.
If you arrive outside these times you must speak with the Ino during a break in the schedule
before taking your place in the Zendo.
The Ino will be identified on a notice of Zendo Officers, beside the schedule outside the Zendo.
Day drop-ins cannot be accomodated due to limited space.

Bookings forms are available in the Centre or can be accessed by emailing
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org

Sesshin is now fully booked but in response to a few enquiries
we are operating a waiting list for those who would like to attend,
in case any vacancies become available due to cancellations etc.
Just let us know, many thanks.
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All events are held in BMZC unless stated otherwise.

For Dokusan requests please email contact@blackmountainzencentre.org

Monday 29th August

Morning Zazen                  7.00am – 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am – 9.00am

Dokusan                              2.30pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 30th August

Morning Zazen                  7.00am – 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am – 9.00am

Zazen & Dharma Talk      7.00pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 31st August

Morning Zazen                  7.00am – 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am – 9.00am

Thursday 1st September

Morning Zazen                  7.00am – 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am – 9.00am

     Dokusan                              10.30am – 12.30pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk      7.00pm – 8.30pm

Friday 2nd September

Morning Zazen                  7.00am – 8.15am

Sharing Circle                     8.15am – 9.00am

Dokusan                              2.00am – 4.00pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk      7.00pm – 8.30pm

 

Saturday 3rd September

‘Breath & Body’ Workshop         10.00am – 12.30pm

‘Insight & Mindfulness’ Workshop  2.00pm – 4.30pm

@ Crescent Arts Centre, 2 - 4 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NH

These workshops are an invaluable opportunity to receive instruction from Roshi on how we work with breath and body and how we bring insight and mindfulness to our Zazen practice and our everyday lives. We greatly encourage every member of the Sangha to attend, and we also welcome members of the general public to come along.

Please confirm you place by emailing contact@blackmountainzencentre.org

or use the signup sheet in BMZC. These workshops will fill up fast and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Suggested donation: Waged - £15 per workshop or £25 for both workshops.

Unwaged – Donate according to your means.


Sunday 4th September

Zazen & Dharma Talk      10.30am – 12.30pm

Sangha Meeting               2.00pm – 3.00pm







February 2011 - April 2011
Event Schedule with Ingen Breen




Black Mountain Zen Centre is very pleased to welcome back our good friend Ingen Breen.

Ingen is a regular visiting teacher to BMZC, having trained at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Mountain Monastery. Ingen is a Zen Teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage and Everyday Zen Foundation, having received Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer Roshi in March 2009.





DHARMA WEEKEND

FRIDAY 1ST TO SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2011

Theme: Denkoroku Koans ~ Transmission of the Light

Case 41 - The Story of Daopi

 

Friday 1st April        19.00 - 21.00

 

Saturday 2nd April  10.00 - 16.00

 

Sunday 3rd April      09.00 - 16.00

 

Schedule Details will be released shortly



PRACTICE WEEK  

MONDAY 7th TO SUNDAY 13th MARCH 2011

Theme : The Noble Eight-Fold Path and The Heart Sutra 

 

 Ingen will be supporting the regular sitting schedule at BMZC, providing a series of Dharma Talks, offering training in Doan Ryo and Zendo forms, and offering one to one practice discussions for those who would like to avail of them throughout the week.


Monday 7th March

 

19.00 Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 

 

Tuesday 8th March 

  

7.00   Morning Zazen 

19.00 Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk

Wednesday 9th March 

  

7.00 Morning Zazen 

13.00 - 14.00 Lunchtime Zazen & Dharma Talk 

  

Thursday 10th March 

  

7.00   Morning Zazen 

19.00 Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 

  

Friday 11th March 

  

7.00   Morning Zazen 

19.00 Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 

  

Saturday 12th March

  

9.30 Morning Zazen 

  

10.30 - 13.00 'Doan Ryo Training': Special Training Session for BMZC Doan Ryo team and facilitators of BMZC sittings.

  

14.00 - 16.00 'Zendo 101' Introduction to Zendo Etiquette, Forms, Chants. (Open to all.)

  

Sunday 13th March

  

9.00   Zazen & Kinhin 

10.15 Break 

10.30 Zazen & Dharma Talk  

11.30 Kinhin 

11.45 Zazen 

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Zazen and Dharma Talk

16.00 Close 

  

Practice Interviews

  

Ingen will conduct practice interviews during the week at the following times:

Weekdays: 8.00 - 10.00  

Sunday: 14.00 - 15.00

Please email contact@blackmountainzencentre.org to book practice interviews with Ingen during Practice Week.


Practice Weekend (Residential)
25th to 27th February 2011

Practice weekend with Ingen at Drumalis Retreat Centre Larne. This weekend is organized by Ballymena/Coleraine Zen groups, is open to everyone, and there is a warm welcome to other sanghas who want to come along. Cost £105 plus dana - includes evening meal on Friday, full board with en suite, to Sunday evening. If you want to come, please email  ballymenazen@yahoo.ie




Rohatsu @ BMZC
Tuesday 7th December 7pm to Dawn

In the Zen tradition we celebrate the Enlightenment of the Buddha on the morning of the 8th December, marking the moment when the Buddha, sitting beneath the Bodhi Tree, observed the appearance of the Morning Star. Ingen Breen, a teacher from San Francisco Zen Centre, will lead the Sangha on an all night sitting throughout the night of Tuesday 7th December, ending at dawn.  (For those who can only join us for part of the all night sitting you can also join us from 7pm to 1am, or from 7pm to 10pm, or from 10pm to 1am.)



Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2010
3 Day InterFaith Retreat with Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi



of Morning Star Zendo, New York.
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 (Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds)

Booking forms are also available from BMZC or can be emailed upon request to
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org

Suggested donation to cover costs £160

Friday 3rd December: Registration 5-6PM; Dinner 6PM; Retreat begins 7PM.

Sunday 5th December: ends 3PM.

Robert Kennedy is an engaging Zen teacher who leads retreats in Europe and America. He is a Christian Priest & Theologian, and Consultant Psychiatrist as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage.

He studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, with Taizan
Maezumi Roshi  in Los Angeles, and with Bernie Glassman Roshi  in New York. He received dharma transmission  from Glassman Roshi in 1997.

During Zen retreats Kennedy Roshi teaches only Zen in his public talks. However he is generally willing to answer questions on other subjects during one to one dokusan practice interviews. This may be a particular advantage to those who combine Christian faith with Zen practice. He is the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit.

His approach to Zen combines some aspects of both the Soto and Rinzai traditions.



Tuesday 24th August - Monday 6th September 2010
  Visit by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi

Schedule of Public Events
 
Please note Sharing Circle * is only open to those who can commit to all six mornings
All events held at BMZC except where otherwise stated
 

24th August

 

Tuesday

 25th August


Wednesday

26th August

 

Thursday

27th August

 

Friday

 28th August

 

Saturday

 29th August

 

Sunday

 

 30th August

 

Monday

 

31st August

 

Tuesday

 


 

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

 

 

 

Sangha Day

9.30am-12.30


Annual General Meeting

2-4pm

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

 Arrival


 

Zazen & Dharma Talk

7pm-9pm




 

 

 

Zazen & Dharma

Talk

7pm-9pm

 
 

1st September

 

Wednesday

2nd September

 

Thursday

3rdSeptember

 

Friday

4th September

 

Saturday

5th September

 

Sunday

6th September


Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

 

 

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

 Departure

 

 

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

Sesshin at Benburb

Priory


Sesshin at Benburb

Priory

 

  

 

 




Wednesday 1st - Sunday 5th September 2010
Autumn Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi



Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at this Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let us know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.

We encourage people to register early and for an entire five day period. Those who wish to come for less than five days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

Shared accommodation is in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accommodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Suggested donation to cover costs £220 Wednesday to Sunday, £150 Friday to Sunday.
 
We do need a completed booking form for you to be registered on Sesshin even if your place has already been confirmed,
and you will be asked to complete one at registration if you have not already done so.
 
We regret that only Weds to Sun or Fri to Sun bookings are available.
Wednesday registrations will be accepted from 3.00-5.00pm and 9.00-9.30pm.
Friday registrations will be accepted from 8.30-10.00pm.
It will not be possible to register and be allocated your room outside these times.
If you arrive outside these times you must speak with the Ino during a break in the schedule
before taking your place in the Zendo.
The Ino will be identified on a notice of Zendo Officers, beside the schedule outside the Zendo.
Day drop-ins cannot be accomodated due to limited space.

THIS SESSHIN IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - NO PLACES ARE AVAILABLE.
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org



Practice Week with Ingen Breen
Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 8th August 2010
Theme: The Noble Eight Fold Path



Practice Week

 
Practice periods have their roots in the "rains retreats" during the time of Shakyamuni Buddha in India - a time when the monks gathered together, intensifying their meditation and study under the guidance of their teacher. 

This pattern of periodically intensifying our practice continues to this day.  After taking root in China, then Korea and Japan, it is now an integral part of the calendar in many Western Zen centers.
 

In Japanese, this seasonal coming together is called Ango, or peaceful dwelling. Dogen Zenji opened a Practice Period in 1245 with the following words:
 
"During this practice period, make each moment the top of your head.  Don't regard this as the beginning. Don't regard this as going beyond. 
Even if you see it as the beginning, kick it away.  Even if you see it as going beyond, stomp on it.  Then you are not bound by beginning or going beyond"
...
Dogen took up the whisk, drew a circle, and said, "Dwell peacefully in this nest."
 
You are all invited to join in as much as you can.  
 
"So although the kind of place and practice we treasure most is quiet and ordinary daily zazen, work, moment by moment "showing up",
we also value "turning the burner up" occasionally and getting the soup rolling. It blends the ingredients and thickens the pot."

Ingen Breen, originally from Dublin, trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery,
and received Dharma Transmission from Norman Fischer Roshi. Ingen will be with us at BMZC to lead Practice Week in August.

You may know Ingen from his previous visits, where he has manifested a calm intimate compassionate wisdom,
and become a good friend to many of us.

The theme for Practice Week will be 'The Noble Eight-Fold Path'.

The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to freedom from samsara, as it was laid out by Shakyamuni Buddha. It is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development which can free the individual from attachment and delusion and lead to understanding the truth of existence.

Together with the Four Noble Truths it constitutes the essence of Buddhism.


The eight aspects of the path are not to be understood as a sequence of single steps, instead they are highly interdependent principles that have to be seen in relationship with each other.

Right View     Right Intention    

Right Speech     Right Conduct
 
Right Livelihood     Right Effort    

Right Mindfulness     Right Meditation


Ingen has his own website on http://www.stresspionage.com/


Schedule

* Please email bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org to book a place for Belfast Zazenkai

** Please email ballymenazen@yahoo.ie to book a place for Ballymena Zazenkai


Tuesday 3rd August

7.00-8.15 AM - Zazen
7.00-9.00 PM - Zazen, Dharma Talk and Q&A
Cost: By Donation

Wednesday 4th August

7.00-8.15 AM - Zazen

Thursday 5th August

7.00-8.15 AM - Zazen
7.00-9.00 PM - Zazen, Dharma Talk and Q&A
Cost: By Donation


Friday 6th August

7.00-8.15 AM - Zazen
7.00-9.00 PM - Zazen, Dharma Talk and Q&A
Cost: By Donation


Saturday 7th August

Zazenkai @ BMZC *
7am-6pm 1 Day Meditation Intensive
Cost:  £20 waged  £10 unwaged
Breakfast & Lunch included

Sunday 8th August


Zazenkai @ Ballymena Zen Group **
Theme: 'The Heart Sutra'
    10am-4pm
St Johns Ambulance Hall, 11 Corlea Gardens, Ballymena





Visit by Brad Warner
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June 2010


Brad is a Zen teacher who received Dharma Transmission from Gudo Nishijima Roshi,

and is also something of an expert on punk rock and monster movies, as well as being a best selling author.

His books include:

 
Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality

 
Sit Down and Shut Up!! Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye

Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma

·           

TUESDAY 15/6

WEDNESDAY 16/6

THURSDAY 17/6

FRIDAY 18/6

SATURDAY 19/6

 

7-9pm @ BMZC

 

Zazen, Dharma Talk,

Q&A

 

COST: By Donation

Please give generously

 

 

6.30-8.30pm @

Bookfinders Bookshop/Café

(47 University Road)

 

PUBLIC TALK Q&A Book Signing

COST: £5

 

7-9pm @ Ballymena

Zen Group

“An evening with Brad Warner…

Zen, Sex, Death, Politics and everything else in between(!)”

St Johns Ambulance Hall,

11 Corlea Gardens

 

7-9pm @ BMZC

 

Zazen, Dharma Talk,

Q&A

 

COST: By Donation

Please give generously

 

 

 

Zazenkai @ BMZC ***

 

9-6pm 1 Day Intensive

 

COST:

£20 waged

£10 unwaged

 

*** please email contact@blackmountainzencentre.org to book a place for zazenkai




Visit by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
Tuesday 20th April to Monday 3rd May 2010
 
Schedule of Public Events
 
Please note Mindfulness Sharing Circle * is only open to those who can commit to all five mornings
All events held at BMZC except where otherwise stated
 

20th April

 

Tuesday

 21st April


Wednesday

22nd April

 

Thursday

23rd April

 

Friday

 24th April

 

Saturday

 25th April

 

Sunday

 

 26th April

 

Monday

 

27th April

 

Tuesday

 

 

Sesshin

@

Benburb

Sesshin

@

Benburb

 

 Sesshin @ Benburb

 

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 

 

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

 Arrival

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

Sesshin

@ Benburb

 Sesshin   @          Benburb

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 

Zazen & Dharma Talk

7pm-9pm

 
 

28th April

 

Wednesday

29th April

 

Thursday

30th April

 

Friday

1st May

 

Saturday

 2nd May

 

Sunday

 3rd May

 

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing Circle *

8.15-9.00a

'The Fundamentals Of Zen' Workshop

1pm-5pm

 

 

N.I. Sangha

Day @

Ballymena Zen Group

10am-4pm

 Departure

 

 


Zazen & Dharma Talk

7pm-9pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk

7pm-9pm


 

  

 

 




21st - 25th April 2010
Spring Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi



Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at this Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let us know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.

We encourage people to register early and for an entire five day period. Those who wish to come for less than five days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

Shared accommodation is in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accommodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Suggested donation to cover costs £220 Wednesday to Sunday, £150 Friday to Sunday.
 
We do need a completed booking form for you to be registered on Sesshin even if your place has already been confirmed,
and you will be asked to complete one at registration if you have not already done so.
 
We regret that only Weds to Sun or Fri to Sun bookings are available.
Wednesday registrations will be accepted from 3.00-5.00pm and 9.00-9.30pm.
Friday registrations will be accepted from 8.30-10.00pm.
It will not be possible to register and be allocated your room outside these times.
If you arrive outside these times you must speak with the Ino during a break in the schedule
before taking your place in the Zendo.
The Ino will be identified on a notice of Zendo Officers, beside the schedule outside the Zendo.
Day drop-ins cannot be accomodated due to limited space.

Booking forms are available from BMZC or can be emailed upon request to
bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org



Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th March 2010



Visit by Myo Dennis Lahey
'Can You Hear The Dragon Song?'


7pm to 9pm each evening @ BMZC. All wellcome.


Rev. Myo Denis Lahey is a Soto Zen priest practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi.
Myo is practice leader at Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco
and at Iron Bell Zendo in Sacramento, California.

A Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson, he serves on the Board of Directors
for the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of North America (SZBA)
and is a member of the Association for Soto Zen Buddhism of Japan (ASZB).

Myo was drawn to religion and spirituality at an early age and found Zen Buddhism in his teens. He began sitting in 1969 with Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi at San Francisco Zen Center, and later with Issan Dorsey at Hartford Street Zen Centre.




12th March - 14th March 2010


Dharma Weekend @ BMZC with Ingen Breen.

Originally from Dublin, Ingen trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery for over a decade, and has previously led Practice Periods at BMZC.


No doubt many of you who know Ingen from his previous visits will appreciate the opportunity to sit togther with him again. Manifesting a calm intimate wisdom, Ingen will be leading several events at BMZC over the next few months.

Fuller details of events are available in the Centre and everyone is very welcome to attend.

 

Friday 12th March 2010 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Zazen & Dharma Talk

Saturday 13th March 2010 7.00am to 9.00pm
One Day Intensive Sesshin
An intensive day of zazen, Dharma talks,  and questions & answers.

To book your place please email treasurer@blackmountainzencentre.org

2 Entry points - 9.30am & 1pm
2 Exit points - 1pm & 6pm
 
Full Day: £30 (waged), £10 (unwaged)
Half Day: £15 (waged), £5 (unwaged)
 
Half Day: 7am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-9pm
 
**Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided in-house for Full day participants
 
**Half Day participants (Breakfast or Dinner provided)

Fees help pay for the cost of the visit and the core running costs of BMZC, allowing us to offer our daily schedule on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Sunday 14th March 2010 9.00am to 12.30pm
'Everything you ever wanted to know about (Za)Zen but were afraid to ask'




3rd March - 7th April 2010

suzuki

Zen Mind Beginner's Mind Reading Group


A six week reading group will meet from 7pm to 9pm each Wednesday from 3rd March onwards.

The book will be the classic text on Zen practice by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Discussion and tea & biscuits. All welcome.

Please email bookings@blackmountainzencentre.org




16th - 17th January 2010
Visit by Ingen Breen

ingen

BMZC are pleased to welcome back our good friend Ingen Breen in 2010.


Originally from Dublin, Ingen trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery for over a decade, and has previously led Practice Periods at BMZC.

No doubt many of you who know Ingen from his previous visits will appreciate the opportunity to sit togther with him again. Manifesting a calm intimate wisdom, Ingen will be leading several events at BMZC over the next few months.

Details of events in February and March will be confirmed and announced shortly. Meanwhile please find below details of his January visit this coming weekend. All are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday 16th January 2pm-5pm
Zazen Posture & Practice Workshop
A £10 fee applies. Scholarships are available to the unwaged.

Sunday 17th January 9am-4.30pm
Dharma Day
A special day of zazen and teachings, discussion, questions and answers, and a few surprises.
A £20 fee applies. Scholarships are available to the unwaged.

Fees help pay for the cost of the visit and the core running costs of BMZC, allowing us to offer our daily schedule on an ongoing basis throughout the year.



Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December 2009
3 Day InterFaith Retreat with Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi

Kennedy Roshi

of Morning Star Zendo, New York.
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 (Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds)

Please download a booking form from here: RKennedy_Booking_Form

Booking forms are also available from BMZC or can be emailed upon request to
contact@blackmountainzencentre.org

 
Suggested donation to cover costs £160

Friday 11th December: Registration 5-6PM; Dinner 6PM; Retreat begins 7PM.

Sunday 13th December: ends 3PM.

Robert Kennedy is an engaging Zen teacher who leads retreats in Europe and America. He is a Christian Priest & Theologian, and Consultant Psychiatrist as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage.

He studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, with Taizan
Maezumi Roshi  in Los Angeles, and with Bernie Glassman Roshi  in New York. He received dharma transmission  from Glassman Roshi in 1997.

During Zen retreats Kennedy Roshi teaches only Zen in his public talks. However he is generally willing to answer questions on other subjects during one to one dokusan practice interviews. This may be a particular advantage to those who combine Christian faith with Zen practice. He is the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit.

His approach to Zen combines some aspects of both the Soto and Rinzai traditions.





Visit by our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
Tuesday 25th August to Monday 7th September 2009
 
Schedule of Public Events
 
Please note Sharing Circle * is only open to those who can commit to all five mornings
All events held at BMZC except where otherwise stated or where noted as ** which means venue to be confirmed
 
Sangha members who wish to volunteer to assist with sesshin duties or doanryo, or at other times during Roshi's visit, are very welcome and should email contact@blackmountainzencentre.org or use the sign-up sheet in BMZC. Thank you.
 
For more details on Sesshin, on BMZC Annual General Meeting, on N.I. Sangha Day, or on the public workshops, 
please see the info below the following schedule. Please enquire for further details on any event.
 
 

25th August

 

Tuesday

26th August

 

Wednesday

27th August

 

Thursday

28th August

 

Friday

 29th August

 

Saturday

 30th August

 

Sunday

 

 31st August

 

Monday

 

1st Sept

 

Tuesday

 

 

Sesshin

@

Benburb

Sesshin

@

Benburb

 

 Sesshin @ Benburb

 

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 

 

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

 Arrival

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

Sesshin

@ Benburb

 Sesshin   @          Benburb

 Sesshin

@

Benburb

 Annual General Meeting

1pm-4pm

Talk @ Newcastle Zen Group,

Newcastle Centre, 10-14 Central Promenade

7.30pm-9pm

 
 

2nd Sept

 

Wednesday

3rd Sept

 

Thursday

4th Sept

 

Friday

5th Sept

 

Saturday

 6th Sept

 

Sunday

 7th Sept

 

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing Circle *

8.15-9.00am

Mindfulness Workshop

10am-12.30pm

 

 

N.I. Sangha

Day @

Ballymena Zen Group

10am-4pm

 Departure

 

 

Evening Talk @

N.I. Inter-Faith Forum **

Zazen & Dharma

Talk

7pm-9pm

Zazen & Dharma Talk

7pm-9pm

Zen & Poetry 

Workshop

1.30pm-4pm

 

  

 

 

 
 
 
 
Sunday 13th September 2009
 Video Presentation to the Green Living Fair, Castle Espie Wetland Centre, 3-4pm
 
Dr Peter Doran of Queen’s University and the Black Mountain Zen Centre in Belfast will convene a workshop on tapping the wisdom of our spiritual traditions for the development of personal and collective resilience in the face of ecological change and uncertainty. Representatives of the Zen tradition will be joined by Benedictine monk, Bro. Anthony Keane OSB, Glenstall Monastery, and Ursula Laeubli of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company. The workshop will feature a special prerecorded video interview with the Co-Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Centre,Paul Haller, who was brought up in Belfast.
 
 
 
 
Sunday 6th September 2009 @ Ballymena Zen Group
 N.I. Sangha Day with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
10AM to 4PM
@ (St.Johns Ambulance) St. Johns Hall, 11A Corlea Gardens, Ballymena, BT43 7AR
 
Practitioners from each of the BMZC related groups will gather for a Northern Ireland Sangha Day.
Often we begin the day with zazen and a Dharma Talk, leading into group discussion and feedback about each groups needs and our shared vision.
 
During and after lunch, we'll have the opportunity to socialise and get to know practitioners from other groups better,
all those we might normally only encounter on silent sesshins!
 
The afternoon will see a period where our creative self expression is explored before we close the day with zazen.
 
All the N.I. Sangha is very welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please do come along if you can, bring lunch to share, and join the fun...
 
 
 
Saturday 5th September 2009
 Public Workshops with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
@ Institute of Governance, 63 University Rd, Belfast
 
10.00am - 12.30pm
Meditation & Everyday Life : Stress Reduction & the Art of Mindful Living
 
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of  taking charge of your life,
a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you - consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. 
 
Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self,
including body, mind and spirit.  
 
Mindfulness based stress reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.
Fortunately, mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire.
It is already within you - a deep internal resource  available and patiently waiting to be released
and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. 
 
(* Suggested Donation -Waged £20 for morning or afternoon, £30 for both - Unwaged £10 for morning or afternoon, £15 for both)
 
 
1.30pm - 4.00pm
The Zen of Poetry : Zen Meditation and the Poetics of Waking Up
 
Explore the relationships between poetry and meditation, poet and 'self', and word and use. 
 
As Zen became popularized in the West through writers and poets who translated the great works of East Asian literature,
a natural affinity has been assumed between Zen and poetry. 
 
On the other hand, many of the traditional Chinese and Japanese poets influenced by Zen
were troubled by the relationship between literature and Zen practice.
After all, Zen emphasizes direct experience beyond words and repeatedly asserts that language distorts the  fullness of reality.
     
Roshi will investigate how poetry may convey  meaning beyond words, and what function literature fulfils in the context of Zen,
leading you in an exercise of creative self expression.
 
(* Suggested Donation -Waged £20 for morning or afternoon, £30 for both - Unwaged £10 for morning or afternoon, £15 for both)

 
Monday 31st August 2009
 BMZC Annual General Meeting with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM.
 
All the N.I.Sangha is very welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
We will be presenting the BMZC Annual Report which will update you on a lot of behind the scene progress at BMZC,
and presenting you with a vision for BMZC's future.
 
We will also be unveiling our calendar of events for the next year,
which has been based on the input of Sangha members present at the previous N.I Sangha Day
and of those who completed our Survey earlier in the year. Thank you all.
 
We will also be electing a new Committee of Trustees for 2009/2010.  
In order to vote, nominate candidates, propose motions, etc, you do need to be a member of BMZC or an affilated group in N.I.
 
Your nominees to Committee and your specific Office Holder nominees (2 Co-Chairs, 1 Hon.Secretary, and 1 Treasurer)
need to have been members of BMZC or an affiliated group for at least one year.
 
Nominations, and proposed motions to AGM, should be received by the Hon.Secretary at least 7 days prior to the AGM.
Proposed motions which involve alteration to the BMZC Constitution should be received by the Hon.Secretary at least 21 days prior to the AGM.
 
You can download a copy of the Governing Constitution from the 'Governance' page of the website. Link below.
 
 
Just as importantly this is a wonderful opportunity for the wider Sangha to meet together and have input into the future direction of BMZC and its Events, as well as catching up with friends and enjoying some tea and cake. 
 
 
 
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th August 2009
 5 Day Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
 
Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at this Sesshins will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let us know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.


We encourage people to register early and for an entire five day period. Those who wish to come for less than five days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

PLEASE NOTE: Shared accomodation may be in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accomodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Suggested donation to cover costs £220 Wednesday to Sunday, £150 Friday to Sunday.
 
We do need a completed booking form for you to be registered on Sesshin even if your place has already been confirmed,
and you will be asked to complete one at registration if you have not already done so.
 
We regret that only Weds to Sun or Fri to Sun bookings are available.
Wednesday registrations will be accepted from 3.00-5.00pm and 9.00-9.30pm.
Friday registrations will be accepted from 8.30-10.00pm.
It will not be possible to register and be allocated your room outside these times.
If you arrive outside these times you must speak with the Ino during a break in the schedule
before taking your place in the Zendo.
The Ino will be identified on a notice of Zendo Officers, beside the schedule outside the Zendo.
Day drop-ins cannot be accomodated due to limited space.

Booking forms are available from BMZC or can be emailed upon request to
contact@blackmountainzencentre.org
 
You can also download a form here
http://www.blackmountainzencentre.org/HallerRoshi_BenburbSesshin_Application.doc
 
 
 
Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th June 2009 
Visit by Zesho Susan O'Connell 
 
 

Zesho Susan O’Connell has been practicing Zen since 1987, and was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999.  Following a period as shuso at Green Dragon Temple, she currently serves as vice president of San Francisco Zen Center.

Before moving to Zen Center, Susan was a feature film producer and, when young, a film and television actress in Hollywood and New York. She has a son and two granddaughters.

"When we first encounter Buddhism, we may think that the successful understanding and practice of the teachings is dependent on following cultural norms and customs from Asia, where the Dharma has been nurtured and developed from its initial expression by Shakyamuni Buddha over 2500 years ago.  I would like to suggest that the Dharma is alive and well in our own Western culture."

During the week Susan may speak on some of the following themes:

1)  Taking Refuge, Study and Kindness     

2)   How to practice in times of extreme change

3)  The positive and negative aspects of Hope

4)  How to grow the Baby Buddha in each of us
 
5)  Zen is more than stress reduction techniques, it offers liberation
 

13th June

 

Saturday

14th June

 

Sunday

15th June

 

Monday

16th June

 

Tuesday

17th June

 

Wednesday

18th June

 

Thursday

 

19th June

 

Friday

 

20th June

 

Saturday

 

 Zazenkai

10am-4pm

inc.

Dharma Talk

Q & A

Zazen

10.30

-11.45am

Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing Circle

8.15-9.00am

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

(to be confirmed)

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle

8.15-9.00am

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

(to be

confirmed)

 Zazen

7am-8.15am

 

Sharing

Circle

8.15-9.00am

Dharma Study  & Practice

10am-1pm

 

 

 

Zazen

7pm-7.30pm

 

Dharma Talk

7.30pm-8.15pm

Newcastle

7pm-9pm

 

 Zazen

7pm-7.30pm

 

Dharma Talk

7.30pm-8.15pm

 

 Zazen

7pm-7.30pm

 

Dharma Talk

7.30pm-8.15pm

 

 
 
 
 
Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 3rd May 2009 
Schedule with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi @ BMZC
 
Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th April - Sesshin
 
Monday 27th April - Morning Zazen 7am to 8.15am & Practice Circle 8.15am to 9am
 
Tuesday 28th April - Morning Zazen 7am to 8.15am & Practice Circle 8.15am to 9am
Tuesday 28th April - Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 7pm to 8.30pm
 
Wednesday 29th April - Morning Zazen 7am to 8.15am & Practice Circle 8.15am to 9am
 
Thursday 30th April - Morning Zazen 7am to 8.15am & Practice Circle 8.15am to 9am
Thursday 30th April - Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 7pm to 8.30pm
 
Friday 1st May - Morning Zazen 7am to 8.15am & Practice Circle 8.15am to 9am
Friday 1st May - Dokusan 10.30am to 4.30pm (sign up in advance)
Friday 1st May - Evening Zazen & Dharma Talk 7pm to 8.30pm
 
Saturday 2nd May - Sangha Day 10am to 4pm
 
Sunday 3rd May - Posture, Bodywork & Meditation Workshop 10am to 1pm
 
 
 
 
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st December 2008

3 Day InterFaith Retreat with Robert Kennedy SJ Roshi

Robert Kennedy Roshi

of Morning Star Zendo, New York.
to be held at Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne
Please contact us for bookings or enquiries
contact@blackmountainzencentre.org
 
Suggested donation to cover costs £125
A deposit of £30 by 5th December secures your place.

Friday 19th December: Registration 6-8PM; Tea 6PM; Zazen 8-9PM.

Sunday 21st December: ends with Lunch 1PM.

Robert Kennedy is an engaging Zen teacher who leads retreats in Europe and America. He is a Christian Priest & Theologian, and Consultant Psychiatrist as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage.

He studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, with Taizan
Maezumi Roshi  in Los Angeles, and with Bernie Glassman Roshi  in New York. He received dharma transmission  from Glassman Roshi in 1997.

During Zen retreats Kennedy Roshi teaches only Zen in his public talks. However he is generally willing to answer questions on other subjects during one to one dokusan practice interviews. This may be a particular advantage to those who combine Christian faith with Zen practice. He is the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit.

His approach to Zen combines some aspects of both the Soto and Rinzai traditions.
 
 
 
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November 2008

Visit by Ajahn Vajiro
 
(hosted and organised by Claire Ferry Yoga Group)

vajiro

Venerable Vajiro was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1953. Upon graduating in England in1974, he began attending Buddhist meditation retreats.

Soon therafter he went to meet with Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho in1977, and in 1978 asked to join the community as an anagârika. He left for Thailand in 1979 and in October that year he became a samanera, receiving upasampada from Ajahn Chah in June 1980.

Venerable Vajiro returned to England in 1984, and assisted with the establishment of Amaravati Buddhist Centre. From 1985 to 1986 he resided at Harnham Buddhist Monastery and from 1986 to 1993 he lived at ‘Cittaviveka’. Then between 1993 and 1998 he led the community in Bodhinyanarama before spending the following three years living quietly in the hermitage ‘Sanghaloka’. He now resides at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England.

Friday 7 Nov


7-10pm An evening sitting (meditation and talk/questions)

at rooms above Crysalis shop on Woodstock Rd, where Jampa Ling Belfast meet.



Saturday 8 Nov


8-10am Morning sitting at Black Mountain Zen Centre


10.30am-1pm Dana at Peace House, Lisburn Rd

(Giving of food. Please bring along a little food to offer to Ajahn and then to share - rice will be provided. Also time for short meditation/chanting.)


7-10pm Evening sitting at BMZC


Sunday 9 Nov


Morning - private visit


2-4pm Afternoon sitting at Black Mountain Zen Centre


7.30-9pm Evening sitting at Black Mountain Zen Centre

 

Please contact Claire Ferry for further information

tele (028) 9022 0426 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (028) 9022 0426      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

claire@claireferryyoga.net

 

Thursday 9th October to Friday 31st October 2008
Autumn Practice Period with Ingen Breen
"IMPERMANENCE: The Claws of Mara & the Lotus Blossom"
 
Ingen Breen

Practice Period has its roots in the "rains retreats" during the time of Shakyamuni Buddha in India - a time when the monks gathered together, intensifying their meditation and study under the guidance of their teacher.  This pattern of seasonal intensive practice continues to this day.  After taking root in China, then Korea and Japan, it is now an integral part of the calendar in many Western Zen centers.  In Japanese, this seasonal coming together is called Ango, or peaceful dwelling. Dogen Zenji opened a Practice Period in 1245 with the following words:

"During this practice period, make each moment the top of your head.  Don't regard this as the beginning. Don't regard this as going beyond.  Even if you see it as the beginning, kick it away.  Even if you see it as going beyond, stomp on it.  Then you are not bound by beginning or going beyond...Dogen took up the whisk, drew a circle, and said, 'Dwell peacefully in this nest'.  "

You are all invited to join in as much as you can.  All of us may benefit from "turning up the burner" of practice and from the wisdom and clarity of our visiting Zen teachers.  This is a precious opportunity to increase our practice at the zendo, at home, at work....

"So although the kind of place and practice
I treasure most is quiet and ordinary daily zazen, work,
moment by moment "showing up",
I also value "turning the burner up" occasionally
and getting the soup rolling.
It blends the ingredients and thickens the pot."

Ingen Breen, a Zen priest originally from Dublin who has been trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery for over a decade, will be resident at BMZC during October 2008. Many of you will know Ingen from his previous visits. Manifesting a calm intimate wisdom, Ingen will be leading practice at the Centre and visiting all the outlying practice groups.
 
 The October schedule with Ingen Breen is below.
All activities at BMZC unless otherwise stated
 
(Lunchtime sittings are open sitting - there is no fixed start and end time, feel free to call in and sit on your lunchbreak)
 
A letter from Ingen is copied here below the schedule.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 

 

8th October

9th

10th

11th

12th

 

 

Ingen arrives

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-8pm Zazen

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

 

7-9.30pm Zazen Welcome & Talk

10am -5pm Workshop

“Posture & The Physicality of Zazen”

7pm

@ Ballymena Zen Group

13th

14th

15th

16th

17th

18th

19th

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

 

7-8.30pm Zazen & Service

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

 

7-9pm Zazen

& Fundamental Dharma Class One

Dublin

Dublin

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-9pm Zazen

& Fundamental Dharma Class Two


9am-4.30pm Zazenkai

20th

21st

22nd

23rd

24th

25th

26th

7-9am Zazen

& Sharing Circle

 

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-8.30pm Zazen & Service

 

 

7-9am Zazen

& Sharing Circle

 

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-9pm Zazen

& Fundamental Dharma Class Three

7-9am Zazen

& Sharing Circle

 

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7.30-9pm @ Newcastle Zen Group

7-9am Zazen

& Sharing Circle

 

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7.30-9pm @ Larne Mindfulness Group

7-9am Zazen

& Sharing Circle

 

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-8.30pm Zazen & Service

 

2pm-7pm Workshop

“ Impermanence : The Claws of Mara”

10am-4pm Workshop

“Impermanence : The Lotus Blossom”

27th

28th

29th

30th

31st

1st November

2nd


7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-9pm Zazen

& Fundamental Dharma Class Four

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7.30-9.30

@ Coleraine Zen Group

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-8pm Zazen

7-9am Zazen

 

12.30-2pm open sitting Zazen

 

7-9pm Zazen

& Fundamental Dharma Class Five


Ingen departs

 
 

"Dear Friends, greetings.

 

I am looking forward to my visit next week, to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones, looking forward to sitting with the BMZC Sangha again.

 

My visit will be for about three weeks. The committee and I have come up with an engaging schedule and I ask you to look at the schedule and attend as much of it as possible – make the three weeks into a retreat or ‘practice period’ (a period of time where you/we pay more attention to our practice and make a commitment to practice more deeply for a given amount of time (3 & 1/2 wks) - sitting more, attending classes & talks and one-day sittings, deepening our understanding and harmony. It is a practice period for me as well as for you!

 

The five classes being offered are progressive, each one building on the previous one, but I think they also stand alone; it would be great if you can attend all five, but if not, feel free to come to one or two. They offer a good introduction and a good overview/review of the Buddha’s basic teachings.

 

I will also be offering daily bodywork sessions. Basically, you sign up for these, sign up for a session between 9am and 12:15pm, or between 2:15 and 4:30pm. If these times do not work for you, then we can check our diaries and figure out a time that will work for both of us. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the bodywork sessions that I am offering, and see the flyer too. The Acupressure that I’ve been trained in is very gentle and perhaps should not be called bodywork – ‘mindwork’ might be a better term. The Shiatsu and Ashiatsu forms are bodywork. I am offering these by donation rather than by fee. The Acupressure takes about an hour, the Shiatsu and Ashiatsu about an hour and 20.

 

I am also available for meeting with you one-on-one to discuss your practice (“practice discussion”). Again, please see me to set a date and time.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Ingen."

 
Please use the Sign-up sheet in the Centre or email us at contact@blackmountainzencentre.org
 
"These sessions will be in the Zendo.
The meditation mats will be put together to form a shiatsu mat.
Shiatsu and Ashiatsu are Japanese forms of bodywork/massage.
Acupressure is a very gentle Chinese form of healing-energy release.
The recipient sits, then lies, on the mat wearing comfortable, loose clothing.
Either session lasts about an hour & 15min (allow an hour-and-a-half).
Sessions are offered at BMZC on a donation basis.
Please note:
i) do not arrive with a full belly (either liquid or food)
ii) do not  wear heavy scents (perfume/aftershave)
iii) it’s not a good idea to wear belts, denims, dresses or skirts
iv) it is a good idea to arrive early and to have clean hands and feet!"
 
Ingen has his own website on http://www.stresspionage.com/
 
 
 
AUGUST 2008 SCHEDULE WITH RYUSHIN PAUL HALLER ROSHI
 
Please do avail of this wonderful opportunity to attend events and for the Sangha here in N. Ireland to experience the Buddha Dharma together with our Teacher.  
 
We look forward to seeing you and to continuing in the warm heart of practice together one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea...
 
Tuesday 19th 7pm - Zazen at BMZC
 
Friday 22nd 7am - Zazen & Sharing Circle at BMZC

Friday 22nd 7pm - short Talk and N. Ireland Sangha Tea & Social at BMZC
 
Saturday 23rd 10am-1pm at Institute of Governance, 63 University Rd, Belfast
Meditation & Everyday Life : Stress Reduction & the Art of Mindful Living
 
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of  taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you - consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.  Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well being  requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body, mind and spirit.  
Mindfulness based stress reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness. Fortunately, mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is already within you - a deep internal resource  available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. 
(* Suggested Donation -Waged £20 for morning or afternoon £30 for both - Unwaged £10 for morning or afternoon £15 for both)
 
Saturday 23rd 2pm-5pm at Institute of Governance, 63 University Rd, Belfast
The Zen of Poetry : Zen Meditation and the Poetics of Waking Up
 
Explore the relationships between poetry and meditation, poet and 'self', and word and use.  As Zen became popularized in the West through writers and poets who translated the great works of East Asian literature, a natural affinity has been assumed between Zen and poetry. On the other hand, many of the traditional  Chinese and  Japanese poets influenced by Zen were troubled by the relationship between  literature and Zen practice. After all, Zen emphasizes direct experience beyond words and repeatedly asserts that language distorts the  fullness of reality.    
Paul will investigate how poetry may convey  meaning beyond words, and what function literature fulfils in the context of Zen.
(* Suggested Donation -Waged £20 for morning or afternoon £30 for both - Unwaged £10 for morning or afternoon £15 for both)

Sunday 24th 10am-1pm  Zazen, Dharma Talk and Posture workshop at BMZC
 
Sunday 24th 2pm-4pm Annual General Meeting at BMZC (see below)
 
Monday 25th 7am - Zazen & Sharing Circle at BMZC
 
Monday 25th 7pm - Zen Workshop at BMZC
 
Tuesday 26th 7am - Zazen & Sharing Circle at BMZC
 
Tuesday 26th 7pm - Zazen & Dharma Talk at BMZC
 
Wednesday 27th 7am - Zazen & Sharing Circle at BMZC
 
Wednesday 27th - Sunday 31st - Sesshin at Benburb Priory (see below)

Sunday 31st circa 8pm - After Sesshin Meal
 
 
 
Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st August 2008
 
5 Day Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
RyushinPaulHallerRoshi
 
Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at the Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let the Centre know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.


We encourage people to register early and for an entire five day period. Those who wish to come for less than five days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

PLEASE NOTE: Shared accomodation may be in use on this Sesshin to allow us to accomodate more of those who wish to attend.

Unfortunately single accomodation cannot be guaranteed except in exceptional circumstances.

Food and bedding provided. Suggested donation to cover costs £190 Wednesday to Sunday, £140 Friday to Sunday.

A Booking Form can be downloaded here
http://www.blackmountainzencentre.org/27-31August08SesshinApplication.doc
 
Enquiries and completed forms should be sent to: sesshin@blackmountainzencentre.org

 

 Sunday 24th August 2008 2pm-4pm @ BMZC 
Annual General Meeting  
 
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM, which will be chaired by our Teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi.
 
Everyone is very welcome to attend.
We will be hearing the BMZC Chairman's Annual Report and electing a new Committee of Trustees for 2008/2009.  
 
You do need to be a member in order to vote, nominate candidates, propose motions, etc.
 
Nominees need to be a member and have had regular attendance at BMZC or an affiliated group for the past year.
 
Nominations and proposed motions should be received by the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the AGM.  
 
You can download a copy of the Governing Constitution from the 'Governance' page of the website. Link below.
 
 
Just as importantly this is a wonderful opportunity for the wider Sangha to meet together and have input into the future direction of BMZC and its Events, as well as catching up with friends and enjoying some tea and cake. 

 

 

Wednesday 23rd April to Sunday 4th May 2008

Schedule with our Teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
zazen
 
Weds 23rd to Sunday 27th April - Sesshin (see below for details)
 
Monday 28th April to Friday 2nd May each morning 7AM - 8.30AM at BMZC
During this week Roshi will lead morning sitting followed by tea ceremony and class. Each morning Roshi will introduce a topic with which to practice during the day, for discussion the following morning. If possible it would be useful for those attending to commit to the full five morning sittings.
 
Tuesday 29th April 7PM Zazen & Teisho at BMZC
Roshi will lead zazen, followed by service and a Dharma talk.
 
Wednesday 30th April 7.30PM Public Talk 'Spirituality and Passion'
with Newcastle Zen Group
 
Friday 2nd May 7PM Zazen & Teisho at BMZC
Roshi will lead zazen, followed by service and a Dharma talk.
 
Saturday 3rd May 10AM to 4PM - Northern Ireland Sangha Day
at Drumalis Retreat Centre
Practitioners from each of the BMZC related groups will gather for our first Northern Ireland Sangha Day. We'll begin the day with zazen and a Dharma Talk, leading into group discussion and feedback about each groups needs and our shared vision. During and after lunch, we'll have the opportunity to socialise and get to know practitioners from other groups better, all those we might normally only encounter on silent sesshins! The afternoon will see a period where our creative self expression is explored before we close the day with zazen. Please do come along if you can...
 
Sunday 4th May 9.30AM to 12.30PM Introduction to Zen Practice at BMZC
The morning will have an emphasis on the foundations of practice and will be suitable for newcomers and experienced practitoners alike.
 
 
 

Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th April 2008

5 Day Sesshin with our teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi
 
RyushinPaulHallerRoshi
 

 

Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/
to be held at Benburb Priory.  http://www.servites-benburb.com/
 
Check their weblink for a map and directions, as well as images of the secluded location and beautiful grounds.

Haller Roshi is one of the foremost living Zen masters and is also the only senior Buddhist teacher to be born and raised in Northern Ireland,  kind in manner and speaking with the wisdom and compassion that come from decades of zazen and study.

Practice at the Sesshin will be in the Soto Zen tradition. This residential retreat will be silent for the most part but there will be periods of teaching, and one to one dokusan interviews with Roshi will be available.

This will be a popular sesshin so please let the Centre know if you want to book a place as soon as possible.

We encourage people to register early and for an entire five day period. Those who wish to come for less than five days will have their names added to a waiting list and will be accommodated as space allows.

 
Food and bedding provided. Suggested donation to cover costs £190 Wednesday to Sunday, £140 Friday to Sunday.

 
A Booking Form can be downloaded here
http://www.blackmountainzencentre.org/23-27April08SesshinApplication.doc  
 
Enquiries and completed forms should be sent to: sesshin@blackmountainzencentre.org

Video Class on the 'Six Paramitas' with Ryushin Haller Roshi
Monday evenings February / March 2008   7PM @ BMZC
 
Paramitas
 
Our Teacher Ryushin Haller Roshi
 
Abbot of San Francisco Zen Centre
& Tassajara Mountain Monastery.   http://www.sfzc.org/

will be giving a series of teachings on the 'Six Paramitas' via video link

every Monday at BMZC @ 7pm during February / March 2008


Start Date 11th February 2008

The Zendo will be open from 6.30pm for those who wish to sit beforehand.

Please get in touch by email or use the signup sheet in BMZC to let us know if you wish to attend.

All are most welcome but its very useful to have an idea of the numbers involved. Many thanks.
  1. Dâna paramita: generosity, giving of oneself
  2. Úîla paramita : virtue, morality, discipline, proper conduct
  3. Kṣânti paramita : patience, tolerance, acceptance, endurance
  4. Vîrya paramita : energy, diligence, vigour, effort
  5. Dhyâna paramita : meditation, concentration, contemplation
  6. Prajñâ paramita : wisdom, insight
 
 
Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th February 2008
Zen Weekend with Eido Michael Luetchford at Ballymena Zen Group
 
EidoMichaelLuetchford
 
FINDING ZEN
An evening with a modern Zen Master
Saturday February 16th 7.30 pm

Michael Eido Luetchford studied with Nishijima Roshi in Japan for more than twenty years. He will tell the story of that journey, describing how the practice of zazen and the study of Dogen have impacted on his life.

THE MEANING OF THE MIDDLE WAY
A day of Zen Practice and teaching by Eido Michael Luetchford
Sunday February 17th   10.00am - 5.00pm
 
Eido Michael Luetchford,  teacher of Dogen Sangha U.K.  http://www.dogensangha.org.uk/
will lead a day of Zen practice in St John's Hall, Ballymena.
The theme of the talks and discussions will be “The Meaning of the Middle Way” :

- Explanation of the Buddha’s original discussion on this subject in the Pali Sutras
- Nagaruna’s interpretation of the middle way
- Dogen’s interpretation of the middle way
- Following the middle way in today’s society
 
Michael is an exceptionally clear and accessible zen teacher. His book Beyond Heaven and Earth is a translation of Nagarjuna from the Sanskrit with a commentary drawing on Dogen's writings which he translated from medieval Japanese.
 
EQUIPMENT - We have some spare zafus, zabutons and kneeling stools but if you have your own please bring them along.
FOOD - Tea, biscuits etc will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch to share.
BOOKINGS - Please e-mail ballymenazen@yahoo.ie to reserve places. We can also e-mail you our directions and schedule.
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THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION. AN AVERAGE DONATION OF £15-£20 WOULD COVER THE COST OF ROOM HIRE, TRANSPORT, DANA ( a gift to the teacher) etc.
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