On Saturday, Barbara and Roland Wegmuellerfrom Switzerland performed a Circle Dharmaholder ceremony in Chester for Steve Hart and Chris Zang Starbuck. Circle Dharmaholder is a role of visionholder/junior teacher in the Zen Peacemakers tradition. The ceremony was held outdoors in the ruins of the Norman Cathedral, during a weekend of Zen practice and conversations.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Just a last reminder that Barbara and Roland Wegmüller
will be visiting Chester in the UK from Switzerland next weekend.
There'll be a relaxed day of practice together on Sat from 9am-4pm, including
indoors in Bishop Lloyd's Palace medieval rooms in the city centre, and
some time out on the streets too. And on Sunday we'll have shorter meet
up in Sally's Secret Garden at 11am for an hour or so. Barbara and
Roland are Zen teachers in the tradition of Bernie Glassman, the Zen
Peacemakers and the White Plum Asanga. They work particularly with the
Zen of collaborative circles, and with finding tools for practicing Zen
fully in householder rather than semi-monastic life. I've held back
from advertising this visit as a 'public event', so that it can be a bit
more relaxed as a space for conversation together, so anyone is
welcome, and there'll be no charge.
Also visiting the same weekend will be Ari Pliskin
from the US, who's developing "Food for All" community cafes from the
ideas of Bernie Glassman and the actor Jeff Bridges. He'll talk to us
about his projects on the Saturday morning, and we're hopefully
arranging for him to give a talk too in the Buddhist House in
Narborough, Leicestershire on the evening of Tuesday 29th, home of Caroline Brazier and the Tariki Trust.
If anyone would like any more details, message me and I'll help in any way I can.
Chris Zang Starbuck
Posted by Circle Zen Groups at 3:07 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Dalai Lama having fun with Russell Brand, an image from a video clip of The Dalai Lama talking in Manchester in 2013. It was lovely to see him laughing and joking.
The theme for the evening was The Dalai Lama's recent book "Beyond Religion - Ethics For A Whole World", the two quotes below set the scene :
In Indian usage, "secular", far from implying antagonism toward religion or toward people of faith, actually implies a profound respect for and tolerance toward all religions.
“Millions of people have been lifted from poverty and have gained access to modern education and health care. We have a universal declaration of human rights, and awareness of the importance of such rights has grown tremendously. As a result, the ideals of freedom and democracy have spread around the world, and there is increasing recognition of the oneness of humanity.”