The Zen School of Meditation arose from a combination of the teachings of the Buddha with the teachings of Taoism in China during the 6th century AD, where it became known as Chan meditation (‘Chan’ meaning ‘quietude’). Later it was adopted by the Japanese, and it is they that called it Zen.
Zen is a particularly appropriate form of meditation for today’s hyper busy and challenging world because:
- Its approach is simple, direct and non-complex (the antithesis of our complex day to day habitual mind!)
- The emphasis is on re-connecting to our ‘original mind’ or ‘beginners mind’, helping us to find relief from the information overload of our daily life, and the cynicism and world weariness that we can feel living in such challenging and world changing times
- It is metaphysics-light and can be practiced by people of all beliefs and backgrounds as the emphasis is upon experiential insight, method and process rather than belief
- Rather than giving us a set of beliefs that we should ‘accept’ without question, Zen meditation offers us a set of practices that enable us to access and enhance our naturally occurring intelligence, wisdom and compassion!
In this two hour workshop we shall be examining the practical methods of meditation taught by Zen and how we can gain personal experience of inner peace and wellbeing by applying them.
The Structure of the Workshop:
1st Hour – 0-25mins; Welcome and practical introduction to Zen walking meditation. 25-50mins; Zen sitting meditation practice. 50-60mins; Consolidation talk, Q&A
2nd Hour – Brief 5mins break for drinks. Talk introducing some fundamental models and concepts regarding Zen Meditation, Short meditation on Zen models, Q&A, Talk on integration of Zen meditation into your life after talk, Finnish.
In addition the workshop itself you will also recieve:
- Full MP3 recordings of the workshop meditations and talks
- Two short (10-15mins) guided Zen meditation recordings for participants to use in order to help them integrate Zen meditation into your own daily life.
- A full set of workshop notes detailing the meditations and concepts covered.