Zazenkai Weekend with Susan Murphy Roshi
This weekend is now fully booked, and a waiting list applies. For further information please contact email@example.com
2– 3 March 2019
9:00am – 4:30pm each day
Reservoir Scout Hall: 73–77 Leamington St, Reservoir
‘Attention, attention, attention’.
That’s how Ikkyu responded to the question ‘What is Zen?’ And when he was asked, ‘Then what is attention?’ no-one got past him even for a minute.
‘It’s attention’, he resolutely explained.
Zen is attention, over and over. ‘It’ – embracing the wholeness of what and who is here – is not only discovered in the act of sustained attention; we find that it endlessly flows as wide, whole-bodied attention. The wisdom of such honed attention undivided by self-consciousness – prajna – is what clarifies mind and heart, transforming anguish and distress.
If it’s next to impossible to perfectly sustain such attention – hence, ‘Attention, attention, attention’ – it’s perfectly possible to grow more and more skilled in noticing and abandoning the many ways we stray from it.
And besides, ‘impossible’ things are what interest people of the Way as exactly the place to begin – just look at our Great Vows!
On day one, a deep look at the inside of this state of attention; and then on day two, let’s all explore how a less distracted and disorderly consciousness can stand up and be of some use, in this deeply troubled world.