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MOUNTAIN SILENCE
NEWSLETTER OF THE DANCING MOUNTAINS ZEN SANGHA
Issue 15: Autumn 2011
The Four Noble Truths

Meditation Flashmob in Hebden Bridge, Youtube video by Rachel Hawthorn

Editorial
by Devin Ashwood

As we head into the autumn of a year without a visit from our dear teacher Reb Anderson Roshi, the efforts of our sangha to keep his practice alive in our country and in our hearts begin to become apparent. The burgeoning diversity and quantity of events organised by the sangha are testimony to a commitment to upholding the forms and ceremonies that have been transmitted here by Reb and other teachers and disciples in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. I am consistently given heart as I read in this issue of the inspiration and creativity of my friends here who find new and creative ways to connect in the spirit of Zen practice.

This edition takes us back to the beginning of this movement called buddhism. The fundamental first teaching given by the Buddha. The four noble truths, hailing as they do from the 'hinayana' sutras, are often surprisingly overlooked by students of Zen who may be attracted to some of the ceremonial practices of liberation such as Zazen but who have little interest in the teachings that got the whole wheel rolling.
Reb Anderson Roshi in the talk transcribed in this edition makes clear how this first talk given by the Buddha is directly relevant to our practice right now, in this very moment and every moment. He asks:

"Do you see the truth of suffering right now?"

"Do you see that abandoning any kind of manipulation, any kind of messing with what’s happening is the realization of freedom?"

It is all here for your attention.

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In the service of developing our programme, inviting teachers over and subsidising the costs for people to attend retreats with them, we would like to invite you to develop fundraising ideas.
We are also looking for people to get involved in everything from newsletter and website development to developing the organisations legal structure and practice opportunities. Please get in touch if you can help with any of this.

It is your energy that will carry this movement of freedom or let it fade. Please join us in working for a more compassionate and wise world where we can all take responsibility for the practice of liberation being available to all.

Myoyu has contacted us from SFZC with the idea of getting Suzuki Roshi calender or diaries for 2012 sent here, for presents or possibly for fundraising purposes. If you would like to pursue this, please get in touch.

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Dharma Talk
The Eightfold Noble Path
by Reb Anderson Roshi

The cosmic vision of the Buddha Shakiamuni is that there are two modes of existence open to living beings - two and only two with no in between... Read more...

Article
Personal Reflections on The 4 Noble Truths
By Michael Kogan Muju

We take a handful of sand
from the endless landscape
of awareness and call that
handful of sand the world... Read more...

Retreat Report
Sitting like a Mountain - retreat at Felsentor
By Kath Bennett

I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for when I booked this retreat. Perhaps that was a good thing... Read more...

Sangha Update
Hebden Bridge group update

By Kate Bell

Hello all, greetings from the currently rainy and wild Hebden Bridge. We would like to share with you a taste of what we have been doing... Read more...

Retreat Report
Fukanzazengi retreat in Warminster
By Michael Kogan Muju

As part of Dancing Mountains’ growing number of regional retreats Devin organised the weekend entitled above. We were very fortunate to have as our guide Kaiyo Diana Gerard... Read more...

Retreat Report
The Sound of Music with One Hand Clapping - retreat at Felsentor
By Mark Øvland

In June this year I was lucky enough to sit my first sesshin with Reb, hosted in a picture-perfect temple halfway up a Swiss Alp... Read more...

Book Review
Robert M Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

By Michael Elsmere

And what is good Phaedrus?
And what is not good?
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?. Read more...

Retreat Report
Combined retreat with COI
By Chris Brown

In July 2011 we ran a joint Zen weekend retreat combining the traditions of Shunryu Suzuki and The Community of Interbeing.. Read more...

Poetry
By the White Lighthouse
By Francoise Elvin

Because your bright face
reminds me of unhampered
precious things,
still ignorant of
patience or pretence... Read more...


Poetry
Apples in Avalon
By Francoise Elvin

Sometimes I
want you inside me,
then I
let myself fall into
the Russian Doll Reality
that all ready is... Read more...

Poetry
New Plantation
By Francoise Elvin

Nomenclature;
nomen-clutter,
nomen-clatter:-
Names;
sutures on fresh wounds... Read more...

Poetry
By Frances Collins

Partners of light and shadow
the beating wings of a moth... Read more...

Event
By Matthew Ryan

Zen Priest , Author & Punk Rock Bass Player
In Manchester, t
he enigma that is Brad Warner will be coming to Manchester on Saturday November 19... Read more...

Next issue of Mountain Silence
The Winter edition will have a theme around "Compassion". We welcome your articles, poetry, pictures, letters, retreat reflections and book reviews! Winter issue publication date: 21st December, deadline for submission of material 1st December.

Previous issues are available on the Dancing Mountains website.

In this issue...

Dharma Talk

The Eightfold Noble Path
by Reb Anderson Roshi

Article

Personal Reflections on The 4 Noble Truths
By Michael Kogan Muju

Retreat Report

Sitting like a Mountain - retreat at Felsentor
By Kath Bennett

Sangha Update


Hebden Bridge group update

By Rebecca Habergham

Retreat Report

Fukanzazengi - retreat in Warminster
By Michael Kogan Muju

Retreat Report

The Sound of Music with One Hand Clapping - retreat at Felsentor
By Mark Øvland

Book Review

Robert M Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
By Michael Elsmere

Retreat Report

Combined retreat with COI
By Chris Brown

Poetry

By the White Lighthouse
By Francoise Elvin


Poetry

Apples in Avalon
By Francoise Elvin

Poetry

New Plantation
By Francoise Elvin

Poetry

By Frances Collins

Event

Brad Warner
By Matthew Ryan

 

Upcoming Events
Click here for details of these and other events. *DM indicates a retreat using Dancing Mountains forms and liturgy.

November 18 - November 20
*Ingen Breen, Non-residential retreat, Totnes.

November 18
Brad Warner (Hardcore Zen!), Talk, Manchester.

November 19
Brad Warner (Hardcore Zen!), Day retreat, Manchester.

November 25 - November 27
*Ingen Breen, Residential retreat, Hebden Bridge.

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Next issue
Winter issue publication date: 21st December, deadline for submission of material 1st December.
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Address: 18 Westfield, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0BT
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