Bonjourno fellow pathtakers,
Just a wee reminder that tis only 3 weeks until the retreat at Staveley, lead by Mary Jaksch and Arthur Wells.
Some ‘words of encouragement’ from Arthur:
“The theme that Mary and I are bringing to this Sesshin is expressed in the words, “This very body is Buddha.”
This is the last line of the ‘Song of Zazen’ by Hakuin Zenji, the Eighteenth Century Japanese master who had an important shaping influence on modern Zen.
Hakuin’s last few lines are a crescendo of outrageousness — outrageous, that is, in terms of dualistic ideas that people hold on to. “Nirvana is right here, before our eyes,” he says. “This very place is the Lotus Land” (heaven in Buddhist language). The last line reads: “This very body is Buddha.” Did he save the best for last?
How can we realise this very personally and intimately? How can we develop the ‘single eye’ of Zen, that doesn’t suffer from double vision, or make any split between our Buddha nature and each precious moment of our ordinary life?”
Well, I hope guys that we will see some of you on Friday the 24th of September.
For information only contact Arthur Wells (03) 348 4656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you all an emergent spring and may you blossom to the many and varied possibilities of summer.