Dorset Zen Society usually meet on the first or second Saturday morning of each month, 10.00 - 12.30, at a venue in Holton Heath. The meetings are led by Kevin Jikai Pickard Sensei and have a typical format of a Dharma talk, group discussion, guided meditations, silent meditation periods, walking meditation and Sanzen (private meeting with the teacher for instruction or advice). The meeting ends with an informal period for a cup of tea and chat. There is a minimum £5 donation, with a suggested donation of between £5 and £10. Please contact Kevin via the email link at the bottom of the page if you would like at attend and have not come before.
Saturday 4th November: Zen energy work - core principles and practices
Buddhism has always involved working with the subtle energy of the body and mind. Zen draws on both the Indian and Chinese models of subtle anatomy and has a wide range of practices aimed at maintaining health and at spiritual development. We will look at the fundamental principles that run through all levels of Rinzai Zen practice, including practical techniques to apply during meditation and in daily life.
Saturday 2nd December: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is form - The teachings of the Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra is a short version of the Prajnaparamita Sutras, the Mahayana teachings on, “The perfection of Wisdom”. The Heart Sutra is probably the most highly regarded sutra in Mahayana Buddhism, including Zen. It is chanted daily in Buddhist temples around the world. We will explore the key teachings on the nature of reality in the Heart Sutra and what they have to say about liberating ourselves from everyday suffering and how to live an ethical life. We will also explore how chanting the sutra is a powerful way of developing concentration and mindfulness.