Dear friends,

With summer coming to an end, ZBI sittings return on September 7th in the Lantern Centre, in . Dublin’s Synge Street. I look forward to a great year of practice and growth with you all.

With the Sangha growing in maturity, I am delighted that three members (who sit in DIT) are preparing to take the Bodhisattva vows in the spring, formally entering the Buddha Way with the ‘Jukai’ ceremony, which sees lay people take the precepts, a guide for us all in living a Buddhist life. This is an auspicious development in the Sangha and joyful news for us all to share.

I hope you have all had a great summer. I spent much of it in France, and some of it on retreat with my Dharma brother Dainin Joko San and teacher Taigu Turlur. We had a beautiful, healing Sesshin in Le Mans, in France, where thirty of us engaged in many days of traditional Soto Zen practice, in the beautiful, French countryside. It proved a transformative experience for many present, and a Sesshin filled with great love and joy. I hope many of the French Sangha can come and practice with us in Ireland some time, including my Dharma brother Dainin, who trained at Sojiji temple in Japan, and has much knowledge to share.

In terms of our own next retreat, I would hope to hold another multi-day Sesshin in the late autumn or winter. I will post details of this in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, I hope your practice is going well and I look forward to seeing you at Zazen this September.

With palms together,

Myozan Kodo

PS: In other news, I just want to report that I’m now listed as an affiliated teacher at the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, and that Zen Buddhism Ireland is now a registered Zen centre. Here’s more information: http://szba.org/teachers/myozan-kodo/