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Ji Den Dai U
This edition focuses on the topic of Mindfulness. This is a hot
topic in today's world with many interpretations of the word. Working
within the NHS and teaching mindfulness-based approaches in healthcare,
I bear witness to many interpretations which demonstrate an incomplete
understanding of the term 'mindfulness.' There exists an incomplete
understanding, often based on the developments within mainstream
medicine and psychological services over the past 30 years. Read
2010 retreat at Gaia House
Reverand Myo Dennis Lahey, and ten retreat participants, after the
retreat entitled "Just sitting: the Ten Oxherding Pictures"
at Gaia House in March 2010.
Five Faculties - cultivating the capacity for awareness
Ryushin Paul Haller
Today I was talking to someone who had just turned 40 and who had
discovered a few months ago that an old cancer, which was thought
to be in remission, had metastasised to several places in the body,
and it was necessary to go through a process of surgery, radiation
and chemotherapy. This person is also a practitioner and so we were
talking about what it is like to practice with that. I was struck
by a sort of nobility in the human capacity in being able to respond
to something like that with the wisdom and compassion that somehow
brings out the best in us… that nobility. Read
Visit by Catherine Gammon of SFZC to our UK Sangha
Over the time since Reb's last retreat at Gaia House, Francis Checkley
in Totnes has been pursuing with Roshi the possibility of having
a priest in residence in the UK. Catherine Gammon has now very graciously
offered to be with us for the period July to September this year.
She has expressed her views and ideas of what she would like to
offer during her stay (read on for details). Sangha members are
requested to give her feedback on the proposals and also to give
her ideas of their own. Catherine is open to travelling to other
groups in the UK to offer teachings and support and would also welcome
your proposals around this possibility. Read
more for details of Catherine's proposals...
Gulch Farm, California
Rebecca, Myo Yu, and Charlotte at a beach near Green Gulch Farm during
the January 2010 Intensive, led by teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson (Photo
by Wendy Klein, who was also present).
Myo Yu, Tenshin Reb Anderson, Frances Collins (Ji Den Dai U) and Rebecca
at the January Intensive, pictured post-Jukai ceremony.
issue of Mountain Silence
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Summer edition with a theme around "Sangha". Please send
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groups, and thoughts about plans for the future of our Sangha. We
also welcome your articles, poetry, pictures, letters, retreat reflections
and book reviews! Summer issue publication date: 30th June, deadline
for submission of material 15th June.