Beginner’s Mind: Zen Retreat
April 25 @ 6:00 pm - April 29 @ 3:00 pm
This retreat will be taught by Ven. Jinho, a Chan nun from Taiwan. The retreat will be held in silence and will follow Chan/Zen principles. The emphasis will be on mindful living, mindful walking and mindful eating. There will be no fixed schedule apart from start and finish times and meal times. This retreat is ideal for beginners however even those with experience in meditation are asked to come with an attitude of ‘beginner’s mind’ and let go of any preconceived ideas of what a retreat is and instead be open to new ways of living and a Chan/Zen approach to the Dhamma. .
The aim is to be able to live in the present moment, to connect to our inner world and the world around us. In this way we can find the true teachings within ourselves and this retreat will aim to uncover these teachings with the help of the retreat facilitator. It will also help us to uncover and face the difficult or challenging aspects of ourselves.
Ven. Jinho took ordination in the Chinese Chan (Zen) tradition with Master Sheng Yen in 2000, training intensively in the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery in Taiwan for six years. She studied at the Dharma Drum Buddhist University for four years. She currently works with young adults and serves as Buddhist Chaplain at the Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre of the University of Bristol. She also teaches in England, Ireland, Germany, Russia, China and Taiwan.