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Playing In the Buddha Field: Compassion and Skillful Means

Playing In the Buddha Field: Compassion and Skillful Means

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  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 16 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 1:30pm


Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson Show map



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  • Registration: $170.00

In the Zen tradition, compassion and skillful means are essential aspects of training and practice.

Skillful means is the merging of compassion with deep wisdom. It is what allows us to practice skillfully, so that we can free ourselves from suffering. Skillful means is also how we manifest compassion towards others.

The moral precepts are themselves skillful means. They help guide us in the path of awakening to wisdom and compassion, and teach us how to be more generous in our thoughts, words and actions towards everyone and the world.

In this retreat at the beautiful Fairfield House in Nelson, we’ll blend periods of meditation and discussions to help us understand these Zen teachings. We will also look at the purpose of arousing aspiration, taking refuge, atonement, karma, and compassionate action. We’ll concentrate on how these teachings support and motivate our meditation practice, and how relevant and timely they are in our everyday lives of relationships, work, social action and spiritual practice.

This is an excellent opportunity to study with Shugen Sensei and benefit from the community of Zen practitioners and to gain strength for Zen practice at home and in the 'field'. Whether you have been practising the precepts for many years or are new to these teachings, this workshop will offer fresh perspectives to help live more freely.

This is a non-residential event. Morning tea and lunch provided.

About the teacher:
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, 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 Zen training since 1986; he received Dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He has visited New Zealand to lead Zen Buddhist retreats and workshops for many years and currently, offers a programme in Nelson each July.

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