Introducing the Way of Freedom
The retreats aim to be informative, helpful and fun. (Yes, fun is part of the deal, though of course it can’t be guaranteed!).
“Just as the Great Ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, so too this practice has but one taste, the taste of Freedom.
Whether we live in perilous times or not, human life is always perilous and subject to disaster - or at least it can certainly feel that way sometimes. We usually only feel free from the awareness of this perilousness when we are lost in distraction - food, tv, alcohol, other people. Often our awareness, conscious or not, manifests as restlessness, apathy, or stress. But distraction is hardly an effective form of freedom. True Freedom begins with establishing a deep Calm, or Stability, cultivating an appreciation and acceptance of Impermanence, so that a Fearless posture towards life and death can be realised: Fearlessness is at the heart of Freedom.
In this retreat we will explore the concepts and begin the work and practice of establishing a deep calm as well as making inroads into cultivating an appreciation and acceptance of Impermanence and we'll look at what impermanence really means.
This retreat will have plenty of time for questions and answers and will introduce you to Zen meditation and we’ll explore Buddhist concepts about the meaning of life.
There will be time to chat with Ingen about particular topics you may have an interest in - either during our group sessions or on a one-to-one basis, maybe going for a walk or over a cup of coffee or lunch.
Ingen is a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (author of ‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’ and founder of San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)) having received ordination and dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer, a former Abbott of SFZC. Ingen has been practicing Buddhism for over 20 years and he currently lives and teaches between San Francisco Zen Center and Europe and is a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of America. He likes movies, books, coffee, hill walking and hanging out by a pool.
His website is www.stresspionage.com
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