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). 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 6th January 2018: Strength, Compassion and Wisdom
In the early Mahayana teachings the Buddha was often depicted with three Bodhisattvas - Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara and Manjushri. They represent the Buddha's strength, compassion and wisdom respectively. We often hear about wisdom and compassion in Buddhist teachings, but not so much about strength, yet it is as essential as the other two. Zen has a number of teachings on developing strength of character, combined with compassion and clear seeing to encourage well-rounded and balanced spiritual development. We will be looking at the development of strength of character along with the balance of strength, wisdom and compassion in our lives, especially in relationships.