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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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Zen, the Empty Set and the Infinite Challenge – Colin Shinjo Salmon

Here we have an interesting mathematical perspective on Buddhist teachings from sangha member Colin Shinjo Salmon. I recently listened to a discussion about mathematics and creativity between Professor Marcus du Sautoy and Reverend Giles Fraser. Professor du Sautoy is an atheist and Reverend Fraser is, of course, a Christian, but there was some fascinating common […]

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European Buddhist Union

The European Buddhist Union (which StoneWater Zen is a member of) has an e-newsletter. Its latest issue is now online with articles from different Buddhist sanghas across Europe on the subjects of ‘Ethics in Buddhism’ and on ‘Young Buddhists’ See the latest issue HERE

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Life is like a borrowed book, and other thoughts of a 6-year-old – Sarah Kokai Thwaites

While some sangha members have been thinking about ways to introduce children to Buddhism and to answer the very good question of why we sit on cushions doing nothing, my child conversations have been of a more internal nature. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”, […]

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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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