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Osoji and New Years Eve Zazen

Osoji

On December 31st we will be having Osoji (cleaning practice) at the Chatham St Zendo, starting at 4pm for a couple of hours. We do this each year, lead by Ekai Osho, and it involves thorough cleaning of the zendo, hall-way and sitting-room.

New Years Eve Zazen

From 8:30pm to midnight we celebrate the transition from one year to the next with zazen, kinhin and 108 bells leading up to midnight. At midnight exactly we chant the heart sutra and then have a small party in the back garden.

Participation in these events is limited. Please email to attend.

Buddhist Summer School 2016

Ekai Osho Korematsu will be teaching two programs over four days at the Buddhist Summer School from 9-12 January 2016.

Refrain From All Evil Whatsoever (Shoaku Makusa)
From Shobogenzo by Zen Master Dogen Ekai Korematsu Osho

The Buddha of long ago said in verse:

Refrain from all evil whatsoever,
Uphold and practice all that is good,
And thereby you purify your own intentions: This is what Buddhas teach.

In this course, Ekai Osho will discuss Zen Master Dogen’s teaching on this Chinese poem, which is considered to encapsulate the Buddhist precepts. Zen Master Dogen later draws on the story of the poet Haku Rakuten meeting Zen Master Dorin.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
An Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi successfully introduced Zen meditation to the United States in the middle of the 20th century. His influence was immeasurable and transformed the lives of countless people in the West.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Using Suzuki Roshi’s teaching as a reference, Ekai Osho will conduct an introductory Zen meditation course with 4 classes as an orientation for new-comers and refreshment for experienced practitioners. It includes instruction in the Zen forms of meditation – bowing, sitting and walking meditations (Zazen and Kinhin). In the first half of each session Ekai Osho will focus on actual practice of these three essential forms, while in the second half he will draw on the text, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, for discussion emphasising direct understanding of the practice.

For more information and bookings see the Buddhist Summer School website.