Category Archives: Retreats

Autumn Sesshin 2017 – Karen Robbie

Many thanks to Karen Robbie  for sharing these poems about her experiences on the last Crosby sesshin in October and for this image of her painting, Flower.   Morning Zazen The zendo warm and smoky. Glowing with a candle. I sit on my zafu. The fold of robes as they fall. Think about words. Letting […]

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Bright and Clear by Karen Shoji Robbie

We are currently gathering contributions from sangha members of the theme of showing up with our insecurities. Here Karen shares her experience of facing hers on a Chan retreat. In between branches the moon bright and clear I look up I arrive in the dark in the mud. A bright head torch and a friendly […]

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Wild geese and wood sheds

It’s the final full weekend of the August Training period in the Lake District and a small group of us (Stephan, Emma, Isshin and myself) are awaiting the new arrivals today for the final week of the retreat.  The weather is beautiful as we look out across the Lowther valley eating breakfast. We have maintained […]

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On Silence

Here’s a wonderful post from Karen Robbie who has just been on the Crosby Retreat: “My name is Karen Robbie.  I have been practising zen for 19 years.  I would like to share a few of my personal thoughts on silence. I’ve always wanted to write something about silence. It feels difficult to write about […]

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