Let’s be very clear…
Far beyond our natural animal hungers, sexual drives and will to live; beyond even our soulful longing to feel good, find meaning and fulfilment; there lies a deeper path which leads to an eternal spring, hidden deep inside each one of us. The water from this spring is the only water that will quench our deepest thirst – our thirst for Ultimate Boundless Freedom. As seekers, we endlessly search for this water everywhere it cannot be found – outside ourselves. This path inevitably leads us to the one very place we really do not want to go. It leads deep into the absolute silence of our own inner darkness.
Many are called and very few will actually choose to continue their journey into this darkness, which will ultimately require each of us to let go of our precious attachments to our thoughts, feelings and beliefs and then transcend them. Without an experienced guide this journey can be terrifying. With such a guide, who is part of a living lineage and intimately knows the inner territory and pitfalls including an integral understanding of our psychological and cultural shadows, traumas and insecure attachment issues, it can be a profoundly moving and life changing experience.
Please join Integral Zen Master Doshin Nelson Roshi in a light, playful, humorous, life-changing, most enlightening and yet deadly serious journey deep into the luminous darkness; into the natural terrain of who we really are at our deepest level. Come taste the crystal-clear spring water of this deepest truth for yourself.
This retreat is open to anyone with an interest in meditation, spirituality or Buddhism. There are no prerequisites apart from an open mind and an open heart.
The retreat will be a mixture of seated meditation (on a cushion or a chair), Kinhin (walking meditation), Qi Gong practice and Mondo Zen Koan dialogue practice (in small groups with a trained facilitator). It will be a very intensive retreat starting at 6:00am and finishing at 9:30pm every day, so please come prepared.
All participants will be invited to be in silence for the whole week apart from during the Mondo Zen Koan practice and in Q&A sessions. We will sit in silence, eat in silence and walk in silence. If you have never given yourself the gift of silence for seven days before then this is the perfect opportunity.
If you have any questions about the retreat then please feel free to contact Gyoki Chris Alder, Integral Mondo Zen Priest and organiser for the retreats in the UK for Doshin Roshi, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doshin and the whole UK Integral Mondo Zen Sangha look forward to welcoming you and sitting with you in exquisite silence in the wonderful location of the Findhorn Community.