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Being Born As the Earth

Being Born As the Earth

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  • Sat 16 Jul ’16, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 17 Jul ’16, 9:00am – 1:30pm


Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Admission (closes June 12th): $125.00
  • General Admission: $160.00


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​A Weekend Dharma Retreat ​led by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei.

Shugen Sensei is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order, abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery, and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. Shugen Sensei has been in full-time residential training since 1986; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. While he lives primarily at the Monastery, he shares his time between there and the Zen Center of New York City. He has visited New Zealand to conduct Zen events for many years, and currently offers a programme in Nelson each July.

Retreat Description:
The Buddha realised unity as the basic nature of all things. While we see forms and hear sounds that give rise to a sense of difference and autonomy, the enlightened mind sees all reality as forms of emptiness – one unified nature. When we are selfish and uncaring we turn against this basic nature which causes suffering both for ourselves and others. Thus, the pain we see in our world cannot be separated from the pain we feel within ourselves. On the other hand, when we live in accord with this great unity, we more naturally experience compassion and generosity. Buddhist teachings and practices are a path to such a life.

In this retreat, we’ll look at the teachings and practices of Buddhism that can help us address our personal and global challenges, and see their deep interrelatedness. Through meditation, discussions, creative expression and quiet reflection, we’ll explore our capacity to face what is true and hold both the pain and the extraordinary beauty, all within our great spaciousness of mind. Please bring a journal for writing and sketching.

If you have questions about this retreat please contact us:
Email - nelson@zen.org.nz
Phone - (03) 548 9969

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