Zazenkai – Sat 1st July

zazenkai july posterAll are welcome to join our community this Saturday from 10am – 5pm at 2 Humphrey St for a day of silence and stillness. The day will include zazen, dharma talks on the precepts and the kesa, and an introduction to sewing the rakusu. We suggest a donation of £10, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Contact us for more info. With love in the dharma, Gassho _/\_

Kesa, Okesa, Kasaya

luc-kesaHand-sewn offering to Taikyo in celebration of his Denpo, December 2016

– Seven Row Miniature Kesa (sho shichijo-e) in Nyoho-e Tradition –

“The buddhas praise the kasāya as a fertile field,

They call it supreme in giving benefit and joy to living beings.

The mystical power of the kasāya is unthinkable,

It can cause us to practice deeds that plant the seeds of bodhi,

It makes the sprouts of the truth grow like spring seedlings,

The wonderful effect of bodhi being like autumn fruit.”

Who Are You?

Keiji, a long-time Zen student, approached his master and said: “I don’t see how there can be any enlightenment that sets you free once and for all. I think we just get ever greater glimpses of Buddha-nature, the vastness that is our true Reality. It’s an ever-expanding process.” The master, looking penetratingly at Keiji, replied: “That may be what you think. But what is your experience, your experience right now?” Keiji looked momentarily confused: “My experience right now, Master?” “Yes. Do you know yourself as Keiji, having ever-expanding experiences of Buddha-nature? Or do you know yourself as Buddha-nature, having the experience of Keiji?”