OF THE DANCING MOUNTAINS ZEN SANGHA
15: Autumn 2011
Four Noble Truths
Meditation Flashmob in Hebden Bridge,
Youtube video by Rachel Hawthorn
head into the autumn of a year without a visit from our dear teacher
Reb Anderson Roshi, the efforts of our sangha to keep his practice
alive in our country and in our hearts begin to become apparent.
The burgeoning diversity and quantity of events organised by the
sangha are testimony to a commitment to upholding the forms and
ceremonies that have been transmitted here by Reb and other teachers
and disciples in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. I am consistently
given heart as I read in this issue of the inspiration and creativity
of my friends here who find new and creative ways to connect in
the spirit of Zen practice.
edition takes us back to the beginning of this movement called buddhism.
The fundamental first teaching given by the Buddha. The four noble
truths, hailing as they do from the 'hinayana' sutras, are often
surprisingly overlooked by students of Zen who may be attracted
to some of the ceremonial practices of liberation such as Zazen
but who have little interest in the teachings that got the whole
Reb Anderson Roshi in the talk transcribed in this edition makes
clear how this first talk given by the Buddha is directly relevant
to our practice right now, in this very moment and every moment.
you see the truth of suffering right now?"
you see that abandoning any kind of manipulation, any kind of messing
with what’s happening is the realization of freedom?"
It is all
here for your attention.
service of developing our programme, inviting teachers over and
subsidising the costs for people to attend retreats with them, we
would like to invite you to develop fundraising ideas.
We are also looking for people to get involved in everything from
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if you can help with any of this.
your energy that will carry this movement of freedom or let it fade.
Please join us in working for a more compassionate and wise world
where we can all take responsibility for the practice of liberation
being available to all.
has contacted us from SFZC with the idea of getting Suzuki Roshi
calender or diaries for 2012 sent here, for presents or possibly
for fundraising purposes. If you would like to pursue this, please
get in touch.
Eightfold Noble Path
by Reb Anderson Roshi
vision of the Buddha Shakiamuni is that there are two modes of existence
open to living beings - two and only two with no in between...
Reflections on The 4 Noble Truths
By Michael Kogan Muju
a handful of sand
from the endless landscape
of awareness and call that
handful of sand the world... Read
like a Mountain - retreat at Felsentor
By Kath Bennett
really know what I was letting myself in for when I booked this
retreat. Perhaps that was a good thing... Read
Hebden Bridge group update
By Kate Bell
all, greetings from the currently rainy and wild Hebden Bridge.
We would like to share with you a taste of what we have been doing...
retreat in Warminster
By Michael Kogan Muju
of Dancing Mountains’ growing number of regional retreats
Devin organised the weekend entitled above. We were very fortunate
to have as our guide Kaiyo Diana Gerard... Read
Sound of Music with One Hand Clapping - retreat at Felsentor
By Mark Øvland
this year I was lucky enough to sit my first sesshin with Reb, hosted
in a picture-perfect temple halfway up a Swiss Alp... Read
Robert M Pirsig:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
is good Phaedrus?
And what is not good?
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?. Read
retreat with COI
By Chris Brown
2011 we ran a joint Zen weekend retreat combining the traditions
of Shunryu Suzuki and The Community of Interbeing.. Read
the White Lighthouse
your bright face
reminds me of unhampered
still ignorant of
patience or pretence... Read
want you inside me,
let myself fall into
the Russian Doll Reality
that all ready is... Read
sutures on fresh wounds... Read
of light and shadow
the beating wings of a moth... Read
, Author & Punk Rock Bass Player
In Manchester, the
enigma that is Brad Warner will be coming to Manchester on Saturday
November 19... Read
issue of Mountain Silence
The Winter edition will
have a theme around "Compassion". We welcome your articles,
poetry, pictures, letters, retreat reflections and book reviews!
Winter issue publication date: 21st December, deadline for submission
of material 1st December.
here for details of these and other events. *DM indicates
a retreat using Dancing Mountains forms and liturgy.
18 - November 20
*Ingen Breen, Non-residential retreat, Totnes.
Brad Warner (Hardcore Zen!), Talk, Manchester.
Brad Warner (Hardcore Zen!), Day retreat, Manchester.
25 - November 27
*Ingen Breen, Residential retreat, Hebden Bridge.
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