Dorset Zen Society usually meet on the first or second Saturday morning of each month, 10.00 - 12.30, at Holton Lee. 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). There is a minimum £5 donation, with a suggested donation of £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 3rd February 2018: The Three Natures - The key to understanding meditation
All things, without exception simultaneously have three natures: Other-Dependent nature, Complete Realised nature and Imaginary Nature. Understanding these natures provides the key to understanding Zen meditation and to finding freedom in everyday life.
Saturday 3rd March 2018: Straightening the Curves - Dealing with life's difficulties
A famous Zen koan asks, "How do you walk a straight path on a mountain road with 99 curves?" This koan is about our struggles in life. We will look at one approach in Zen to coping with what life throws at us.
Saturday 7th April 2018: Bankei and the Unborn Buddha Mind - The search ends here
Bankei is the most popular Zen Master that ever lived in Japan, having 5000 or more people turn up at once to his teachings in remote mountain temples. His key teaching was that of the Unborn Buddha Mind. This teaching is so simple that it is easy to miss it and so profound that it can provide great freedom from suffering instantly.