You see…. This new year will be the same as the previous one, and therefore always anew. Birth or death, love or split, success or failure, money or debt, friendship or antagonism, truth or corruption, it is always difficult to keep a balance that bring us happiness. How can we obtain freedom from this floating world where we are never certain about what is going to happen to us next?
In my youth, I received the answer from Master Taisen Deshimaru, through the practice of the Way of Zen, the Zazen-Decision, the Zazen-Satori, the Decision-Satori that clarifies our days, be they sunny or stormy ones. Wathever happens, sit in the posture of the still mountain. That is my wish for you for this new year and the many others that will follow.
The Taisen Deshimaru Zen Association exists since 1.994 and was founded in Madrid by Zen Master Bárbara Kosen and her disciples for the establishing and diffusion of Zen Buddhism the way that was transmitted by Master Taisen Deshimaru, who introduced Zen in Europe in the seventies. The Mokusan Dojo at Madrid and Shorin-ji Zen Temple in Villanueva de la Vera are the sites where its activity takes place.
Is the way to sit in silence, transmitted from master to disciple since Shakyamuni Buddha, who experienced awakening through this specific posture, mind and body in unity. We practice Zazen on a daily basis and in group: “more wood, a bigger fire” – used to say Master Deshimaru. We silently realize the posture of the sitting Buddha, still and clear as the full moon. Zazen is complete action, without looking for personal profit; a source of wisdom and compassion.
The dojo of the Silent Mountain. Daily practice of zazen in the center of Madrid. Practice schedules are in harmony with social life. Read [+]
Located in the south west slope of mount Almanzor, in the Sierra de Gredos. Shorin-ji means Woods of Awakening Temple. Far from the worldly noise in the depths of the mountain, the simple life of transmitted practice. Read [+]