Ingen Breen in Ballymena - 8th of August 2010

Zen teacher Ingen Breen will lead a day of zazen and teaching in St John Hall on Sunday August 8 from 10 to 4. The Heart Sutra will provide the themes for talks.
Drinks and some food will be provided but you can also bring some lunch to share. There is no compulsory charge but an average donation of about £20 will cover costs.

More information on Ballymena Zen Group's website

Ingen Breen began Buddhist practice with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order in 1991 and moved from Ireland in 1995 to practice Zen at Green Dragon Temple and Tassajara Mountain Monastery in America. He was ordained by Norman Fischer in 2000 and was shuso with Abbess Blanche Hartman in 2002. He also practices Tai Ji and Aikido and is now a priest at San Francisco Zen Center.

Weekend Retreat (Sesshin)- Linsfort, Donegal - 21st-23rd May 2010

The Single Grain of Sand Sanga will meet as a group of committed Zen practitioners for the week-end ( 21st---23rd May ) at Linsfort , Co. Donegal.

The group will practice individually the development of their awareness of the present moment. Silence will be maintained throughout the weekend. A programme will be prepared for each person attending and this will be distributed before the week-end.

See pictures of previous retreats at Linsfort in the Gallery section

Mindfulness day with Ingen Breen - 28th of February 2010

We are pleased to welcome back Ingen Breen in Coleraine for a Mindfulness Day on Sunday, 28 February 2010.

Time: 10am - 4pm (Please arrive before 10am; we will start promptly)

Venue: Kilcranny House, Coleraine

Ingen Breen began Buddhist practice with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order in 1991 and moved from Ireland in 1995 to practice Zen at Green Dragon Temple and Tassajara Mountain Monastery in America. He was ordained by Norman Fischer in 2000 and was shuso with Abbess Blanche Hartman in 2002. He also practices Tai Ji and Aikido and is now a priest at San Francisco Zen Center.

Not Always So dharma study schedule update

We will resume with the third chapter from the end next week (23rd January 2008).

The next book for our dharma study will be Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice, by Kosho Uchiyama.

Second visit of Paul Haller to NI in 2007

Paul Haller roshi is visiting Northern Ireland for the second time this year. His timetable may be found at: http://www.blackmountainzencentre.org/8.html

Please note that Haller roshi is not able to come up to Coleraine this time around and it is suggested that Coleraine members attend the Zazen, talk and Q&A with the Ballymena Zen Group on Monday, 20 August 2007, 7:00pm.

Mindfulness Day, 2 September 2007

We are having a Mindfulness Day on Sunday, 2 September 2007.

Time: 10am - 4pm (Please arrive before 10am; we will start promptly)
Venue: Kilcranny House, Coleraine

Please note that it will be a day of silent practice. There may be periods of zazen, kinhin, taped talks, and/or guided meditations, and possibly some taichi or qigong.

Please bring along something to share for lunch. Dana contributions of £2 per person is welcome, but not obligatory, mainly to cover the cost of the premises and the coffee and tea.

If you are not a 'regular' at our Wednesday sittings, it will be helpful if you let us know you're coming (email address at the bottom of the page - remove the [at] and [dot] and replace with the appropriate symbol), so we can organise the space.

All are welcome.

Not Always So dharma study schedule update

We have taken a short hiatus with the study of this text.

We will resume with the chapter on 'Not Always So' on Wednesday, 8 August 2007.

Mindfulness Day, 24 June 2007

We are having a Mindfulness Day on Sunday, 24 June 2007.

Time: 10am - 4pm (Please arrive before 10am; we will start promptly)
Venue: Kilcranny House, Coleraine

Please bring along something to share for lunch. Coffee, tea, sugar and milk will already be provided.

Please note that it will be a day of silent practice. There will be periods of zazen, kinhin, taped talks, and/or guided meditations, and possibly some taichi or qigong. I will post a more detailed schedule, along with details of dana contributions, when I have it.

If you are not a 'regular' at our Wednesday sittings, it will be helpful if you let us know you're coming (email address at the bottom of the page - remove the [at] and [dot] and replace with the appropriate symbol), so we can organise the space.

All are welcome.

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Timetable, added 20 June 2007.

10.00 - 10:45 am Guided meditation (CD)
10.45 - 11.00 am Tea break
11.00 - 11.25 am Zazen
11.25 - 11.40 am Kinhin
11.40 - 12.05 pm Zazen
12.05 - 12.20 pm Kinhin
12.20 - 12.45 pm Zazen
12.45 - 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 - 2.45 pm Talk (recorded)/short break
2.45 - 3.10 pm Zazen
3.10 - 3.25 pm Kinhin
3.25 - 3.45 pm Zazen