The Path to Kindness with Shundo David Haye

4, 5, 6 October 2019

We are delighted that Shundo is returning to Hebden Bridge in October.

Shundo is a zen priest who trained for fifteen years at San Francisco Zen Center, including five years of monastic life in the mountains at Tassajara. He spent eight years doing many of the traditional temple administrator jobs, was ordained as a priest in 2009, and did head monk training at Tassajara in 2012. These days, he is also interested in taking meditation out to people who might not ever set foot in a zen temple, and teaches in tech companies, the county jail, schools and colleges. He likes to be outside, hiking, running, riding a bike or carrying a camera, and maintains a daily dharma blog.

The Path of Kindness:

Although meditation can sometimes appear to be a self-centered activity, at the heart of our practice is the bodhisattva ideal to help all beings to realise their true nature. As we go deeper, there is an ineluctable shift towards connection wishing the best for everybody. What are some of the tools we can use to cultivate this, and how do these manifest in our daily lives? We will consider the Noble Eightfold Path, the Brahmaviharas and the Paramitas, as well as Dogen’s ‘Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance’ (or ‘Four Embracing Actions’)

You can come to any combination of the events below:

Friday 4th Arrive 19:00 – 21:30 – Doanryo practice – all welcome When we sit together, the doanryo is taking on the responsibility for keeping time and playing the instruments, thus holding the structure of the sitting, and ensuring that everything proceeds with harmony. Taking on one of these positions is an act of generosity, to allow others in the sangha not to have to worry about anything beyond their own sitting. While it can sometimes feel nerve-wracking to try to get everything right, and that you are exposing yourself to potential judgement and self-criticism if you make mistakes, practising the bells and other instruments also allows the doan to be fully engaged with the flow and energy of the practice in ways that are deeply rewarding and can take you beyond self-centered concerns.

Saturday 5th Arrive 09:00 – 16:30 – Full Day Retreat in Silence

Sunday 6th October  Arrive 13:00 approx. 2 hrs – Afternoon Roaming Zen – Outdoor walk mainly in silence, including some foraging and food outisde – for around 4 hrs. More details and cost to follow

The Studio, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge

Evening £10
Full Day £20 and food to share

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"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.” - Shunryu Suzuki