I am writing you this letter, with a little delay, in order to wish that this be a good year for you and to communicate some important news.
This year will be the Deshimaru year. During the Sesshin we always celebrate in May, various Masters of the transmission of the Zen of Master Deshimaru will participate. Members of the French, Hungarian, Swiss and Romanian Sanghas will participate together with their respective Masters in this commemoration. I am very happy about this, as we will have the opportunity to let more people know about Shorinji and the Spanish Zen practitioners.
Two weeks afterwards, there will be a symposium at La Gendronniére, the Temple of Master Deshimaru. This symposium will attempt to cast a light on the missions of his former disciples, a stand of Shorinji will also be present at this symposium.
What is also very important in relation to our Temple, is that we will organize two Samus. For these, it will be necessary that people stay here a certain period of time during the months of February, March and April.
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 [+]