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Zen Retreat Day with Roshi Robert Kennedy

May 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Now in its 5th year this extremely popular day retreat starts at 10am and there will be an optional Eucharist at 5pm

In Zen Gifts to Christians, Kennedy Roshi suggests that people, leaning toward a deeper form of prayer, are often attracted to studying Zen. It is not because they wish to become Buddhists but because they seek a more contemplative prayer life.

What is the practice of Zen meditation?

Zazen is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or speculating on the nature of life. Zen demands discipline and effort. The support of group sitting is a strong encouragement to practice.

What are the benefits of practicing Zen?

When practiced attentively, Zen offers an ever-deepening insight into the oneness of life. This insight reveals to us our own human potential and calls us to use this potential in the service of others brings us to the present moment, clarifying and supporting our readiness to meet the ever-changing circumstances of daily life.

 Zen is not a religion but a practice. It gives us a method to put contemplation into action. It does not allow us to analyse of theorise about prayer or life. Instead it plunges us into the contemplative act in which there is no subject or object.

About Robert Kennedy:

Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi, is a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage. He studied with several Roshis including Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, Japan. He was installed as  a roshi (master) in 1997. Kennedy Roshi is the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. He established The Morning Star Zendo to foster an environment for interfaith dialogue—to be a place where people of all religious varieties meet and respect one another’s traditions and points of view.

In Zen Gifts to Christians, Kennedy Roshi suggests that people, leaning toward a deeper form of prayer, are often attracted to studying Zen. It is not because they wish to become Buddhists but because they seek a more contemplative prayer life.

Details

Date:
May 12, 2018
Time:
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:
€60
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Organizer

Robert Kennedy

Venue

Old Convent Kilcoole
Darraghville
Kilcoole, Co Wicklow Ireland
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Phone:
0860517575

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Robert Kennedy Zen€60.00