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Face to face with teachers

Sitting face to face
Sitting face to face

Editorial

By Karen Reddy

My personal understanding of our Soto Zen in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki is Zazan, Kinhin and face to face with teachers. For me having face to face teacher contact is something I haven't been able to make available regularly, but soto zen feels available. How? The committed local Sangha facilitators, who offer a weekly, Bi weekly, monthly or occasional sits to all. Their and your practice is alive and most welcome.
 I feel this edition offers us access to different expressions of practice. Our friend Myoyu accepted an invitation to write and has an offering of beautiful and amusing rambling of Zen and life at San Francisco Zen Centre. An invitation to Ingen, in a year of an anniversary, treats us to memories of Jukai, bringing us right up to date. Paddy offers a warm and honest insight, on finding a teacher. Gill shares an acknowledgement “I couldn't have done it on my own” and sharing from Steve of what came to the open door on a first retreat.
2015 brought us the joys of Grandmother Energy. We were able to welcome Catherine Gammon who travelled around our UK Sangha and I feel swept sweetness through with her. Thank you to Catherine and to all involved who made this visit possible.
August 2015 brought the opportunity for sangha to attend a retreat with beloved Reb Anderson in Sweden. We would love to hear from those who were able to attend, please send in your retreat experiences!  Also with great appreciation, we offer our thanks to the European Sangha for their efforts in making this event possible.
This issue is a summer and autumn offering, despatched to you later than anticipated, the saying "best laid plans..." comes to mind. The delay was due to new challenges, but reaching out to a few brought an abundance of help and compassion. I offer if anyone is in need, let others know, they truly want to be in the now with you. Take a peek at committee news, information from the 2015 AGM, news of registering for fundraising (So lovely to be searching for our own property, who knows what could come our way).
A date to note for your diary is May 6th-8th 2016.  This will be a group facilitators training, and chance to have your input on the direction of Dancing Mountains CIC.  Theme and Venue to be confirmed, remember we welcome your ideas. It will be a weekend of practice training, finishing with a short Dancing Mountains Annual General Meeting.
As you receive this edition, I drop the seed of sharing, I`d love to hear from you, until then, carry on reading, and connect a little more.


Sangha Update

Chairs report from Annual General Meeting: The Annual General Meeting Report

By Angyu Devin and Ji Den Frances

REPORT BY CO-CHAIR PERSONS DANCING MOUNTAINS AGM 19th April 2015
Devin Ashwood & Frances Collins

Between October 2013 and April 2015, Dancing Mount... Read more

Sangha Update

Annual General Meeting Minutes

By Kath Bennett

Annual General Meeting of Dancing Mountains Zen Community Interest Company
Held at Sandymount, Crosby, Merseyside
Sunday 19 April October, 2015
The boar... Read more

Teacher Interview

Jukai

By Ingen Breen

Jukai

Tassajara was cold, sometimes 20 below, F, and the river full. The water sounded like a waterfall, thunderous, roaring, and wherever you went there wa... Read more

Retreat Report

Ingen's report from the Group Facilitators weekend

By Ingen Breen

So the weekend that had been in the pipeline since early last year eventually came to pass. Last year I could see the importance of the event and was a little disappoi... Read more

Article

Paths and Gates

By Ingen Breen

“To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point, we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.” ... Read more

Sangha Update

Local Sangha News

By Bev Eatwell

Brighton

Saturday 13th June saw another one day sit for the Dancing Mountains Brighton sangha. The day was hosted as usual at Chris and Clare Hannah’s... Read more

Sangha Update

Update from Glastonbury

By Angyu Devin

Hello from the Glastonbury sangha.  Our weekly meeting is going from strength to strength, despite two other similar Zen style groups now running on the same nigh... Read more

Article

An emerging centre project in Somerset

By Angyu Devin Ashwood

Inspired by a wish to create practice opportunities and live in a way more congruent with our values, a Bev, her partner Gez, Nicky and I have started to explore possi... Read more

Article

Letter from Bloomin Zen

By Myoyu

Hello good folk of the Albion,

I guess I should come straight out and tell you that this is hoped to be an ongoing look into the journey this one is taking ... Read more

Writing

Sewing my rakasu (or should that be Rakasu?) I Can't Do It

By Gill Jackman

Sewing my rakasu (or should that be Rakasu?)
I Can't Do It


I have deep psychological scars. That's why I trained to be a psychotherapist. Through... Read more

Poetry

Summers Calling

By Karen Reddy

the sky is showing blue, the sun is shining high and there`s a warmth
to the air. Nature breaths aloud. How I love having senses

... Read more

Poetry

Haiku

By Guido Montgomery

In the cool dusk breeze
we walked backwards on the beach
Venus our witness

... Read more

Retreat Report

First expereince

By Steve Muir

Thank you Karen for inviting me to write about my experience at the weekend retreat in Crosby with Dancing Mountains Sangha. I might have had some expectations or noti... Read more

Article

Finding my teacher

By Paddy

Finding my teacher

To paraphrase the Oracle in The Matrix talking to Neo about being the one -  “(finding the one) is like being in love – ... Read more

Poetry

It is what

By Philip Harris

The realisation that we already
have it is effortful.
The realisation that we already
have it is not it.
It is you, whether we realise
it or n... Read more

Sangha Update

National Future Fund Raising

By Chris Brown

DM is now registered with Government Funding Central.  Just to let you know I've registered on Funding Central now, and will forward any interesting funding alert... Read more

Sangha Update

Future date for diary

By Dancing Mountains Committee

Looking a head and hoping to give every opportunity to all to attend, a date for your diary: 6-8th May 2016. A weekend retreat that will be an opportunity for group fa... Read more


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The winter edition will have a theme around `your life, your life and Zen and Sangha`. We welcome your articles, poetry, pictures, letters, retreat reflections and book reviews! Publication date: 21st January 2016, deadline for submission of material 10th January.
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Events

Hebden Bridge Practice Period

at Hebden Bridge

with Ingen Breen

15th February 2016 to 13th May 2016

A 3 month practice period located in Hebden Bridge

Cost: Please enquire

rebeccahabs@googlemail.com


2 Day Sesshin

at Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge

with Ingen Breen

20th February 2016 to 21st February 2016

A formal Zen practice weekend

Cost: Please enquire

rebeccahabs@googlemail.com


Weekend sesshin in Glastonbury

at Glastonbury, Somerset

with Ingen Breen

27th February 2016 to 28th February 2016

A two day, non-residential sesshin with Ingen Bree

Cost: £75

07875155464 devin@dancingmountains.org.uk


All Day Zen

at Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge, England

with Ingen Breen

12th March 2016

One day sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

rebeccahabs@googlemail.com


All Day Zen

at Ingen-ji, Dublin

with Ingen Breen

19th March 2016

One day sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

ingenstheme@gmail.com


All Day Zen

at Belfast

with Ingen Breen

20th March 2016

One day sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

j.uhlemann@btinternet.com


CANCELLED: Weekend sesshin in Devon with Ingen Breen

at Devon

with Ingen Breen

16th April 2016 to 17th April 2016

A two day sesshin with Ingen Breen in Devon

Cost: £TBA

melsmere@hotmail.com


All Day Zen

at Ingen-ji, Dublin

with Ingen Breen

23rd April 2016

One day sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

ingenstheme@gmail.com


All Day Zen

at Belfast

with Ingen Breen

24th April 2016

One day sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

j.uhlemann@btinternet.com


Two Day Sesshin

at Hebden Bridge

with Ingen Breen

7th May 2016

Non-residential Two Day Sesshin

Cost: Please enquire

rebeccahabs@googlemail.com


Dancing Mountains AGM

at Hebden Bridge

with Ingen Breen

8th May 2016

The Dancing Mountains Annual General Meeting

Cost: N/A

07875155464 devin@dancingmountains.org.uk


Day retreat

at Brighton

with Diana Gerrard

11th June 2016

A day sitting together in Brighton

Cost: Donation

07973913985 chrisjhannah25@gmail.com


All Day Zen

at Belfast

with Ingen Breen

18th June 2016

All day Zen retreat

Cost: Suggested donation Full Day £12 - Half day £6

07743 841415 info@maitristudio.net


Weekend Retreat

at Totness

with Ingen Breen

25th June 2016 to 26th June 2016

A non-residential weekend retreat

Cost: £Enquire

mbcheckley@hotmail.com


Half day sit

at Hebden Bridge

2nd July 2016

Sit with the Hebden Bridge community

Cost: £5 donation suggested

07970 425932 hebdenbridgezen@gmail.com


Returning to the Source

at At The Boghill Centre, Ireland

with Ingen Breen and Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

12th July 2016 to 17th July 2016

A Zen and Yoga Adventure in Ireland

Cost: €630

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Dharma talk, service & sit

at Hebden Bridge

with John Shindo Hart

3rd August 2016

Dharma talk, service & sit

Cost: Suggested donation £5

07761 732810 shikido@hotmail.co.uk


Half Day Sit

at Hebden Bridge

with John Shindo Hart

4th August 2016

Half Day Sit with John Shindo Hart

Cost: Suggested donation £10

07761732810 shikido@hotmail.co.uk


All day sit (Zazenkai)

at Belfast

with Ingen Breen

6th August 2016

All day Zen retreat

Cost: Suggested donation Full Day £12 - Half day £6

07743 841415 info@maitristudio.net


The Bodhisattvas Samadhi

at Zengården, Fyllingbo Sweden

with Tenshin Reb Anderson

13th August 2016 to 21st August 2016

This retreat is Tenshin Reb Anderson's sole visit to Europe this year. The venue in Southern Sweden is in a beautiful forest setting. The days will be spent in sitting together, walking meditation, dharma talks and discussion and interviews (if requested) with Reb all accompanied by the usual Soto Zen Forms and Rituals.

Places are restricted to 50.

For application forms e-mail rebineurope@gmail.com 

Cost: From 4100 to 3100 Swedish Krona

rebineurope@gmail.com


Retreat with Brad Warner

at Hebden Bridge

with Brad Warner

22nd September 2016 to 25th September 2016

4 day retreat with Brad Warner

Cost: £140 - £210

07970 425932 hebdenbridgezen@gmail.com


Group Facilitators Support and Study Retreat

at Warminster

with Ingen Breen

22nd October 2016 to 23rd October 2016

Developing practice for event & group facilitators

Cost: £100 - £115

07875155464 devin@dancingmountains.org.uk


Extended Weekend Retreat

at 21 Borough Park Road Totnes TQ9 5XW

with Zen Priest Ingen Breen

23rd February 2017 to 26th February 2017

An extended weekend of sitting together led by Zen

Cost: £25 per day for Sat & Sun for Thurs & Fri sitting

01803 866735 mbcheckley@hotmail.com


Equinox Sesshin at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

8th March 2017 to 13th March 2017

A period of intensive practice

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen at e mail

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Brighton Day Sit

at Patcahm Brighton

18th March 2017

18th March 10am - 5.30pm

Cost: £10 day only £20 overnight

07973913985 chrisjhannah25@gmail.com


Weekend Retreat At Glastonbury Zendo

at 21 Hill Head Close, Glastonbury, BA6 8AL

with Ingen Breen

15th April 2017 to 16th April 2017

Glastonbury Spring Sesshin

Cost: £75 or £40 for one day Bursary Place Available o

beveatwell@gmail.com


Doan Ryo Intensive at IngenJI Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

28th April 2017 to 1st May 2017

Doan Ryo Training

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Mini Sesshin

at Blessingway Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road,

with Ingen Breen

10th May 2017 to 14th May 2017

An extended weekend of practice with Zen Priest In

Cost: Contact hebdenbridgezen@gmail.com or Ross on 07596

See above hebdenbridgezen@gmail.com


Brighton Day Sit

at Patcahm Brighton

13th May 2017

13 May 2017 10am -5.30pm

Cost: £10 day only £20 overnight

07973913985 chrisjhannah25@gmail.com


Extended Weekend of Practice IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Zen Priest Ingen Breen

2nd June 2017 to 5th June 2017

A long weekend of practice together in silence

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen at e mail

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Extended Weekend Retreat

at 21 Borough Park Road Totnes TQ9 5XW

with Ingen Breen

7th June 2017 to 11th June 2017

An extended weekend of practice led by Zen Teacher

Cost: £25 per day for Sat & Sun for Thurs & Fri sitting

01803 866735 mbcheckley@hotmail.com


Summer Solstice Retreat at IngenJi temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

20th June 2017 to 25th June 2017

Practice Period over the Summer Solstice

Cost: Contact Ingen Breen

ingenji.info@gmail.com


International Retreat with Tenshin Reb Anderson in Sweden

at Zen Vagen Fyllingebo Southern Sweden

with Tenshin Reb Anderson

12th August 2017 to 20th August 2017

Sitting Together led by Tenshin Reb Anderson

Cost: To be Announced later

frances@compassionfield.com or kathbennett1955@yah


Doan Ryo Intensive at IngenJI Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017

Doan Ryo intensive with Zen Priest Ingen Breen

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen at e mail

ingenji.info@gmail.com