Thursday, December 3, 2009

Forthcoming Zen Sesshins in Dublin

Forthcoming Zen Sesshins
with Ingen Breen
in Dublin
Dear Friends,

We would like to let you know that Ingen Breen, a good friend of Black Mountain Zen Centre and a Zen priest and Teacher, will be resident in Dublin for the next several months.

Originally from Dublin, Ingen trained at San Francisco Zen Centre and Tassajara Mountain Monastery for over a decade, and has previously led Practice Periods at Black Mountain Zen Centre, Belfast.

No doubt many of you who know Ingen from his previous visits will appreciate the opportunity to sit togther with him again. Manifesting a calm intimate wisdom, Ingen will be leading
several Zen Sesshins in Dublin over the next few months.

Please note that as these events are not organised by BMZC you do need to contact Ingen directly to reserve a place or to have any queries answered.

All details are below. Thank you.

Ingen Breen

Ingen writes :

"Dear Friends,

Here is an opportunity to sit four sesshins in four months, in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
(author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind). You may sign up for as many or as few as your desire
and time permit.

Sesshins are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Enrollment is limited to eight people.
Prior experience is preferred, please indicate in your email if you have done a sesshin before, how many
you have done and with whom.

Accommodation and food are included, but please note accommodation will be very basic, you will
most likely be sharing a room. For this reason, please say in your email whether or not you snore.

If you have not done a sesshin before, please write a paragraph describing your zen meditation practice
- if there are enough 'beginners' interested in a sesshin, I will make one of the sesshins 'for beginners'.

You may sign up for part of a sesshin. This would mean that you leave a day or two early, not that you
would arrive a day or two late. Please say in your email how many days you are planning to attend.

The sesshins will take place in north Dublin suburbia.
The fee for each sesshin is 40 euro per day.
The dates for the sesshins are below, and you can contact me with any queries or to reserve a place.


tele: 001510 681 9658

I look forward to seeing you all again and practicing together.


New Year's Sesshin

Five Day.

Sun, December 27th, begins 3pm
Fri, January 1st, ends 11am.

First 2010 Sesshin

Three Day

Thurs, January 21, begins 7pm
Sun, January 24th, ends 9pm

Valentine Sesshin

Five Day

Fri, February 12th, begins 7pm
Wed, February 17th, ends 9pm

Spring Equinox Sesshin

Seven Day

Wed, March 17th, begins 3pm
Wed, March 24th, ends noon.

With A Deep Bow from all at Black Mountain Zen Centre. May all beings be well and happy...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Relics of the Buddha and many masters in Dublin!

Next weekend, the Maitreya project heart shrine relics tour is visting Dublin . Details below
A unique and precious collection of more than 1,000 sacred Buddhist relics will be permanently displayed in the Heart Shrine of the completed Maitreya Buddha statue in Kushinagar. Meanwhile, it is the wish of the Spiritual Director of the Maitreya Project, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, that the collection should travel throughout the world to bring the blessings of the relics and the message of loving-kindness to people everywhere.

Most of the relics — those found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters — resemble beautiful pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe these relics are produced as a result of the master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Since we can all develop these qualities, the relics are a reminder of our own essential nature of purity and our inner potential to manifest that.

The collection includes relics of the historical Buddha and the Buddha’s closest disciples as well as many other well-known Buddhist masters from different Buddhist traditions.

Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.

30, 31 October & 1 November 2009
Dublin, Ireland
Friday: 5pm Opening Ceremony
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 7pm
" Number 11"
11 North Great Georges Street
Dublin 1
Entrance is free of charge

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mindfulness Walking Meditation in St Stephen's Green, Dublin!

TUESDAY OCTOBER 13TH at 1230 is the time set for an extraordinary moment in the spiritual life of Ireland.

Mindfulness Ireland invites everyone, Buddhist or not, to share the moment.

Sr Jina is the Abbess at Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Buddhist Community in France and this is a precious opportunity to spend some time with her and with eachother, walking mindfully together.
The walking meditation will begin from the BAND STAND in the centre of St Stephen's Green at 1230 and ALL are welcome to join in, so please spread the word far and wide.

The Green itself is a beautiful, natural space in the heart of the busy city and [regardless of the weather] is an extremely peaceful and inspiring place to walk.

The Band Stand is easy to find. It is a covered, pagoda-like shelter made for brass bands to play on a sunny afternoon. You will find it near the large central fountain in the middle of the Green.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

PS Sr Jina will also lead an evening of mindfulness at OSCAILT [ ]8,Pembroke Road at 730pm [suggested donation is 10euro].

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MINDFULNESS IRELAND Retreat 9-12 Oct 2009

MINDFULNESS IRELAND is running a Retreat from Friday, 9th – Monday, 12th October, 2009 with Dharma Teacher, Sr Jina from Plum Village (, the community of Thich Nhat Hanh in France.

The retreat topic is “Touching our Roots with Mindfulness”, and it will be held in Kerdiffstown House, Johnstown, near Naas. The cost is €200 (€240 for high earners) for 3 nights and includes full vegetarian board. (Donations for the teaching are welcomed.)

Book now to avoid disappointment. For further details and booking form see

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche in Dublin 29th July

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Wisdom & Skillful Means of a Bodhi Heart

29/07/2009 - 09h00
29/07/2009 - 18h00
Centre: 57
Price: 90.00

Venerable Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche was born in the Northern Indian province of Himachel Pradesh to Tibetan parents and grew up in a monastic environment. Recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrül Lodro Thaye, he received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In particular he received the teachings of the Nyingma lineage, especially that of the Longchen Nyingthik from his root teacher, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche also studied extensively under Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyöshul Khen Rinpoche and the great scholar Khenpo Rinchen.

In 1989 Rinpoche moved to the United States with his family and in 1990 began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at the Naropa Institute. Rinpoche also founded Mangala Shri Bhuti at this time, an organization established with the vision of furthering the wisdom and practice of the Longchen Nyingthik lineage. Later, Rinpoche moved to southern Colorado and established the mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling. Rinpoche currently spends much of his time there in retreat and guides students in long-term retreat practice. When not in retreat, Rinpoche travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.

Wednesday 29th July - a full day of teachings at Dublin Shambhala Centre.

Price: 70 Euro for members; 90 Euro for non-members; discounts if you are student or unemployed or on a pension. Please send payment by cheque to Dublin Shambhala Centre 19 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. at time of registration. This is the only way to confirm your place.

Provisional schedule:

Teaching starts 10.00 am on Wednesday. Lunch break. Teaching ends approx. 5.30pm.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunyata Centre Retreats, Co. Clare.



Friday, June 5th - 7th
Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Yoga Movement
Marjo Oosterhoff and June Durkin

Friday, June 19th – 21st/22nd
Three/Four Day Monastic Retreat
Ajahn Thanuttaro (Senior Bhikkhu, Chithurst Monastery)

Thursday, June 25th
Women’s Day Retreat
Marion Gruzalski

Saturday, July 4th
Liberation, Meditation, and Qiqong Movement
Simon Thomas and Bart Gruzalski

Phone: 061-367073
Sunyata Retreat Centre ~ Snata, Sixmilebridge ~Co. Clare, Ireland `

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche teaching in Dublin

Dear Friends,

Here is some important information on Ringu Tulku Rinpoche's weekend teaching in Dublin. Please share it with anyone you thing may be interested in attending.

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