Author Archives: Andy Tanzan Scott

White Plum Teachers meeting at Yokoji

Every year the White Plum Asanga, which is Taizan Maezumi’s lineage, holds a teachers’ meeting which is open to all registered WPA teachers. This year’s 3 day meeting was hosted by Tenshin Roshi at Zen Mountain Center in California and was attended by Keizan Roshi, who is a board member representing the European sanghas, and […]

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Hanamatsuri May 2019

On 11 May Stonewater Zen held its first Hanamatsuri celebrations at its centre in Liverpool and at the London group. This marks a new chapter in the growth of the sangha and reflects the recognition that we are much more than a Zen sitting group but a real presence in the lives of sangha members […]

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Keizan receives Inka

At the Spring sesshin at Crosby Hall in April, Tenshin Roshi conferred Inka, certification of final completion of training, on Keizan Sensei.  This took place in a private ceremony at dawn on Wednesday 10th April when Keizan was given the Inka certificate and rakusu by Tenshin Roshi.  The occasion was celebrated by the sangha after the evening sitting on Thursday 11th April. […]

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‘Pure Water, No Fish’- Examining the Four Noble Truths – Andy Tanzan Scott

The Four Noble Truths, along with the Eightfold Path and the Middle Way, are contained in the Buddha’s first teaching after his enlightenment. Called “Turning the Wheel of the Dharma”, this talk at Deer Park to his five former ascetic companions formed the basis of his teaching for the next forty-five years, so it is rather important. Nevertheless […]

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Sangha Family Group Update

Next Meeting   Our small group of parents is getting together again on Sunday 10th June, for a picnic in Greenbank Park.  If the weather turns bad, we can meet in my house in Crosby instead.  It’s mainly a chance to chat while the children play and continue getting to know each other.  We’ll (try) […]

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Managing difficult emotions

As the topic for the next newsletter Keizan Sensei has asked us to consider the question: ‘What emotion(s) is the most difficult for you to manage and what strategy do you use?’  Here, Anon responds:  “The emotion that I find the most difficult to manage is inadequacy. I could write about the various little techniques […]

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There are several techniques that we use in our meditation practice, including counting breaths or being with the breath, and koan practice. And a very important practice used in the Soto school is Shikantaza. Here, Keizan Sensei describes Shikantaza and it is is also worth listening to his talk given on 15 November 2017 in […]

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