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Spring Growth

The Force that Through Green Fuse Drives
The Force that Through Green Fuse Drives

Editorial

By Michael-Kogan Muju

This is the Spring issue of Mountain Silence with a new editor and the equinox bringing light and energy back to our northern hemisphere so we had looked forward to an issue bursting with your contributions. It seems however that the sangha has been locked into the winter darkness or else the ceaseless rain and wind has dampened the imagination so there are a dearth of articles in this issue. This has led to some discussion on the board about the future of the newsletter, whether it should be a wide ranging ' magazine' type publication as our past issues with your articles, opinions, stories, poems, photos and letters. If this is not possible perhaps we should instead consider publishing a 'thinned down,' publication with news of events such as sesshin and other sittings and summarising important developments within the sangha. Another idea I have had is that rather than just an editor there should be an editorial team of three or four people that would ensure that for one/two years Mountain Silence would remain a lively,colouful and thought provoking read. Maybe a different sangha would be prepared to take on the responsibility for this after every few issues? I would welcome your views, proposals and ideas. For me Mountain Silence is an important part of Dancing Mountains but I have never considered it has fulfilled its potential. Unusually as editor I have no idea how much it is read or appreciated by sangha members, the wider sangha or our online readers. Again some feedback from you would be good.

I do not wish to give the impression that with the lack of 'news,' nothing has been happening within the sangha. Far from it. Through last autumn and winter the dharma has been bubbling up and refreshing all with life and vigour. Tenshin Reb Anderson's second retreat in Sweden was, I have heard from many participants, a deep and inspiring experience energising all sitting in Suzuki Roshi's lineage across Europe. Zenvagen is superb setting quite isolated in the midst of the deep Swedish forest. If you haven't already attended one of these retreats I would urge you to go if at all possible. Invitations have recently been sent out. If you haven't received one and are a part of the sangha go to rebineurope@gmail.com Quite apart from major events such as this there have been a number of sittings across UK and Ireland many supported and led by Ingen Breen. It feels to me that there is after many years of slow green growth a real blossoming of the dharma in our midst in which so many have participated. Devin has written an article that describes the new and significant possibility of priest training that will take place here in UK over the next few years and I feel certain that this is a major step in ensuring the future of Dancing Mountains Sangha and the lineage of Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki in the UK and Ireland for many years to come.


Article

Priest Training With Tenshin Reb Anderson

By Angyu Devin Ashwood


Last summer, Rebecca, Bev and I all spoke to Tenshin Roshi (Reb Anderson Roshi) about our wish to ordain as priests in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi.  As far ... Read more

Article

Zen's Chinese heritage

By Michael

Since Tenshin Reb Anderson’s inspiring talks in his 2014 retreat in Fyllingbo, Sweden concerning our fourth Chinese ancestor Dayi Daoxin  I have read more w... Read more

Article

DM Members’ Spending Survey 2016

By Chris Brown DM Treasurer

• We conducted a brief survey of Dancing Mountains members to help in making decisions about how to direct our financial resources in 2016. Respondents (13 in tot... Read more

Article

A Virtual Practice Period

By Michael Kogan Muju

During the weeks in January 2016 when the January practice period was held in Green Gulch Zen Farm in California Wendy Klein based in Cambridge UK once again initiated... Read more

Article

Calligraphy

By Josh Zatz Joyous Devotion Silent Light

Josh Zatz has been studying the ancient Eastern practice of calligraphy and offers these images at the head of several articles as the result of his early work.

... Read more

Article

Dancing Mountains and Branching Streams

By Editor

Recently we were invited to join Branching Streams an organisation within San Francisco Zen Centre that supports their outlying sangha both in the USA and internationa... Read more

Article

Stop press news

By Editor

To all readers please note that the Facilitators Support and Training Retreat is now planned for the weekend of 22/23 October 2016 this had previously been planned to ... Read more


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Events

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


Hallowe'en/Samhain Sesshin

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

28th October 2017 to 1st November 2017

Hallowe'en/Samhain Sesshin

Cost: Contact Ingen Breen

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Mini Sesshin

at Blessingway Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road,

with Zen Priest Ingen Breen

10th November 2017 to 12th November 2017

A weekend of practice with Zen Priest Ingen Breen

Cost: e-mail below or phone Ross on 07596746199

See above hebdenbridgezen@gmail.com


Extended Weekend Retreat

at 21 Borough Park Road Totnes TQ9 5XW

with Ingen Breen

15th November 2017 to 19th November 2017

An extended weekend of practice with Zen Priest In

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

01803 866735 mbcheckley@hotmail.com


Rohatsu Sesshin IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

1st December 2017 to 8th December 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen at e mail

ingenji.info@gmail.com


Weekend Zen at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

with Ingen Breen

29th December 2017 to 1st January 2018

Weekend Zen at IngenJi Temple County Clare Ireland

Cost: Please contact Ingen Breen at e mail

ingenji.info@gmail.com