I don’t know if it makes sense to wish you a good new year; I will wish you at least the best possible, because it seems that this year 2021 is like the previous year, confinement, fear, doubts and little mobility. Here at Shorin-ji I am very grateful, surrounded by a small sangha together in the harmony of daily practice.
However, we must bear in mind that we can fight both for ourselves and for the community, following hygiene rules, washing our hands well and regularly, wearing a mask and observing our state of health. So, of course, because this health and social issue is carried out in the ordinary world, there are those for “yes” and there are those for “no” ….
Please, do not stay locked in the duality of thought, do not get trapped by the fear of falling ill or transmitting a disease, but observe your mind and let the thoughts pass, as in zazen. I believe that in this way, you can find inner peace and transmit it to others, as true bodhisattvas.
In the temple we continue our rhythm of practice, just as we have done last year.
Lastly, I want to thank the people who have made a donation to the association during this period of “apocalypse”, as a friend of mine says.
Concentrate well on your daily actions, on the here and now, and on keeping your mind at peace.
With the three treasures,
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. Zen Practice Initiation class for beginners
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 [+]