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From Light Into Darkness


Editorial

By Michael

As I write this we are a few days past the Autumn Equinox when throughout the world day and night are of equal length. The sunfilled days of summer are passing ( I can write this with assurance this year) and we are moving into winter darkness. Here in the countryside the harvests are gathered in and already the ploughs are turning the fields from gold to reveal the red earth of Devon.

When I was deciding the title for the newletter in the Spring I had come upon a talk by Suzuki Roshi that he had given, I think at Tassajara, towards the end of his life on the Sandokai(The Equality of Harmony and Difference) this is a poem that is fundamental to Soto Zen and of which Roshi had said that all Zen masters taught when they are dying.

"In the light there is darkness,
but don't take it as darkness;
In the dark there is light,
but don't see it as light.
Light and dark oppose one another
like the front and back foot walking.
Each of the myriad things has its merit
expressed according to function and place."

So it is with this in mind that in this issue there are poems by ancient Japanese poets that for me express so eloquently and deeply their thoughts on these words from the Sandokai. I would like to thank Francis Checkley for drawing them to my attention. But there is of course light in the darkness and we have stop press news from Bev Eatwell and her partner Jez on their plans for a residential centre in Glastonbury. We also have a profile of Dancing Mountains submitted to Branching Streams the San Francisco Zen Centre organisation which offers support and aids cooperation between sanghas in the tradition of Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki across USA and Europe.One of Reb's talks has been transcribed by Bev.  This not by any means all!!
Read on and many thanks to all those who have taken time and given expression to the ideas and thoughts contained in this issue.

One final wise thought offered by Suzuki Roshi.
"Shine one corner."


Article

A Residential Centre in Glastonbury

By Bev Eatwell

Ever since visiting Hope House in Hebden Bridge I knew that I wanted to duplicate something like it in the south, and here it (possibly... Read more

Sangha Update

A Short History Of Dancing Mountains

By Dancing Mountains

Editor's note. Some months ago Dancing Mountains was contacted by Steve Weintraub and we were asked if we wished to jo... Read more

Poetry

Merely To Know

By KojiJu (1121 -1201)

Merely to Know

... Read more

Dharma Talk

Going for Refuge, Practising with Fear

By Tenshin Reb Anderson transcribed by Bev Eatwell

Sunday Morning Public Lecture Green Gulch Farm June 2008Tenshin Roshi Reb AndersonGoing for refuge, practis... Read more

Event

Group Facilitators Retreat and AGM

By Membership Sec

The Group Facilitators Support and Study Retreat from Fri evening 21st to Sunday 23rd October 2016. The AGM will take place on Sunday 2... Read more

Poetry

The Way I Must Enter

By Izumi Shikibu (974–1034)

 The way I must enter leads through darkness to darkness - o moon above the mountains' rim, please shine a little further on my pa... Read more

Retreat Report

Brad Warner Retreat October 2016

By Kaishin Alan Crawford of Stonewall Sangha Liverpool

I wish to thank Alan Crawford for this report of Brad Warner's Retreat in Glastonbury in October 2016 that ... Read more

Article

The Digital Monk

By From the Guardian 26 April, 2016

- 9k= (2)Robot monk to spr... Read more

Retreat Report

A Bodhisattva's Samadhi Retreat Report

By Michael Elsmere

This is an enduring image that I took away from Tenshin Reb Anderson's Retreat in Sweden 12 to 21st August ... Read more

Retreat Report

My snapshot report of 'A Bohdisattva's Samadhi.'

By Rebeccca Habergham

After Reb's retreat in Sweden Michael asked me if I could write a report for Mountain Silence. This was my ... Read more


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Events

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