Image from Green Gulch Farm by Lucy Ellis
to say of love? This issue begins with a dharma talk by Roshi Paul
Haller inspired by the poem "Things I didn't know I loved"
by Nazim Hikmet. The theme of love seems to have inspired the poets
in our sangha as we have what I think is our largest issue yet!
have been many sangha developments and this issue reflects on these.
Although neither Roshis Reb nor Paul will be leading retreats on
the mainland UK this year, we are working on arrangements for Reb
to come in 2012. We have already been graced with a retreat led
by Ingen Breen and will also have a repeat opportunity to sit a
joint retreat with the Community of Interbeing in July.
August, following in the tradition of inviting priests ordained
by Reb to lead us, Diana Gerard will be offering a retreat in Wiltshire.
we are getting closer to incorporating as a Community Interest Company,
which has some of the benefits of a charity and some of the benefits
of a company. To this end, we are finalising a constitution and
articles of association which outline the democratic structure and
roles and responsibilities of the committee. There is still lots
of opportunity to be involved, including website work, newsletter
editorship, publicity, fundraising and retreat organising. So if
you would like to see this lineage of Zen flourish, please join
us. Contact details appear at the bottom of this page.
I Didn't Know I Loved
by Abbot Paul Haller Roshi
person’s life, each person’s journey, is amazing. I
would like to talk about how amazing it is to be on life’s
journey, and how that can be a deep support for us. Read
at Trigonos Nantlle North Wales
of you will be aware that over the past few years a group of Dancing
Mountains members have been actively working towards providing a
clear working structure within which the sangha can develop and
Period at Green Gulch
By Lucy Ellis
just got back to the UK after seven and a half months away. Last
October I went to the eight week fall practice period at San Francisco
Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm. Read
with Paul Haller in Northern Ireland
By Chris & Clare Hannah
to secure a place on this retreat started us off into a world of
wonderment. How does this work? What will it be like joining this
community? What does this way of joining invite us into? Read
Hebden Bridge group update
By Kate Bell
started as a small group of friends meeting in a living room once
a week to share sitting, laughter and cake has grown into an established
Zen Sangha. Read
By Francoise Elvin
It’s a tussle thing,
A hussle thing. Read
Love and more love:
How can I resist? Read
Falling in love
is an explosion Read
Calm and peaceful
is coming in
The sun is setting but it’s still warm
Lying raised on a rock, big but one of many Read
I am a toaster
fed up of having crumbs in the bottom of me – it’s irritating
of stuck in the corner Read
Thich Nhat Hanh:
Living Buddha Living Christ
and Jesus are two of the most influential spiritual teachers the
world has known. Today centuries after their deaths both continue
to shape the lives of many millions of followers. Read
What is Love?
Is this love?
Love is an evolved state of the survival instinct Read
Installing Love on the
Support: Yes, how can I help you?
after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you
guide me through the process Read
Was Socrates a Buddhist?
Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
Keep this philosophy
(precept?) in mind the next time you hear or are about to repeat
a rumor. Read
issue of Mountain Silence
The Autumn edition will
have a theme around "The Four Noble Truths". We welcome your
articles, poetry, pictures, letters, retreat reflections and book
reviews! Autumn issue publication date: 21st September, deadline
for submission of material 1st September.