Virtual Dojo : PDF Resources

Click a link to download / print out a PDF version of any text you need for ‘virtual dojo’ sessions: 1. Hannya Shingyo, Four Vows, Three Treasures 2. Kesa Sutra 3. Sandokai 4. Daihi Shin Dharani 5. Eko of the Patriarchs 6. Eko of the Matriarchs 7. Hannya Shingyo Eko 8. Deshimaru’s Short Lineage Eko […]

Deshimaru’s Short Lineage Eko

This is an Eko regularly used in our ceremonies, offering merit to our lineage, including those who founded IZAUK and the Bristol Zen Dojo. The PDF version is available for download from this page.

Hannya Shingyo Eko

This is the text of an offering to our founders, that is used regularly in our ceremonies. The PDF version is available for download from this page.  

Eko of the Matriarchs

This is an offering to the historical lineage of Buddhas and ancestors on which our practice is founded. There is a companion Eko for the Patriarchs. Both are used in ceremonies. The PDF version is available for download from this page.  

Eko of the Patriarchs

This is the text of an offering to the historical lineage of Buddhas and ancestors on which our practice is founded. There is a companion Eko for the Matriarchs. Both are used in our ceremonies. The PDF version is available for download from this page.

Issho Fujita – A Fresh Outlook

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My notes from Issho Fujita’s visit to London 2018 – Shin Yū Claire Ruddick A brief history of the Buddha – Four stages Buddha grew up in a palace protected from the negativity of the world. One day he encountered old age, sickness, death and a monk. Shocked at seeing suffering for the first time […]

III. Zen and zazen – by Nancy Nanshin Amphoux

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‘A practice called zazen’, I said. What is a practice? Although I do not know much about Christianity, I should say that the practice of Christianity is prayer and active charity. The essential practice of Zen is zazen. Since there have been human beings, and in a different form even before that, there has been […]

The mind of awakening of the Bodhisattva by Guy Mokuho Mercier – June 2017

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by: Mokuho Guy Mercier : About Shantideva: Shantideva was an eighth century Indian monk highly renowned in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. Like Shakyamuni, he came from a royal family, but renounced his royalty to devote himself to meditation. He was ordained a monk at Nalanda, a monastic university, where he continued to study the sutras, and […]

Interview With Giuseppe Jisō Forzani

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Giuseppe Jisō Forzani has been the Director of the Sōtō Zen Buddhism Europe Office based in Paris since November 2009. He is Italian, and after a turbulent youth practised and studied in Sōtō Zen Buddhist monasteries in Japan, and was ordained there. He is married and has two sons. You are the director of the […]

A Ceremony for Jean at La Gendro.

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On Sunday 5th August a ceremony was held at La Gendronnière to commemorate the life of Jean Baby, an elder disciple of Master Deshimaru who died on Jan 1st of this year, aged 90. Jean was the founder of the Dojo of Strasbourg, and also (together with Nancy Amphoux) the founder of the UK branch […]

Farewell to Jean Baby

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At a UK sesshin held at Gaunts House in the early 1990’s, during zazen, Jean said, “Please don’t die before me” – Jean had already held his 70th birthday party on Denny’s Barge in Bristol in 1991. Now nearly 20 years later Jean Baby has died after being very ill, unable to walk with damaged […]

The Four Noble Truths

This is the first in a series of talks looking at different Buddhist teachings from a Zen perspective. I thought I’d start with the first sermon the Buddha gave, on the Four Noble Truths, look at what he said, and also the Zen attitude to this.