|Bodhidharma Zen Center in Poland|
|Right after sesshin|
|Post-sesshin lunch in the zendo|
In January we also used a talk & discussion format for a couple of the Sunday programs instead of a regular teisho, with positive feedback from the sangha. Sangha members chose the subject, with people expressing a need to investigate the meaning of the precepts in light of our present global situation. Questions came up: Can murder ever be justified? Is ahimsa, the teaching of non-violence, still an effective method for changing the world for the better when technological developments magnify the scope of destruction humans can inflict on the planet? People were interested enough that they decided to continue online - click here to go to a special blog focusing on this topic. This Sunday, we'll return to the usual format: 50 minutes of zazen (bell at the halfway point for posture change or brief standing), chanting and teisho.
|On a walk with Polish Sangha members|
|Ania and Lukasz in their pantomime show|
The time outside sesshin was very busy too, with many meetings with residents and the board, and of course formal and informal sittings. Fortunately Sensei did get a chance to get out, attending a special contemporary Polish ballet, and taking a walk with a group of sangha members in the snow-covered forest near the Center. (Some days the temperature dropped to 10 degrees Fahrenheit!) After the sitting and teisho last Saturday there was a lively good-bye gathering with music and a wonderful pantomime show performed by two sangha members who do this as a profession -- and who also attend every sesshin.
The next trip to Poland, with a 7-day sesshin, will be in July. Here at Windhorse we're really very fortunate to have sesshins every two months and dokusan twice a week!
|Sunya-sensei at the Polish airport on her way back|
Note: soon after sesshin, Vlastik, our Czech resident (and a great chef!), will be going back to Europe after his 3-month stay here. Make sure you get a chance to say goodbye!