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Zen Buddhism

 

‘In order to discover that there was nothing missing in the first place, it somehow seems necessary for each one of us to embark on the search for the Self; but really, it’s just a big detour. Your unborn Buddha Mind is discovered when you are One – just sitting, just breathing, just sweeping the floor. In that moment, there is no one sweeping, no one breathing, no one sitting. You are one with whatever you are doing because you are that to begin with. You are born free, and your very nature is free and unfixed. The unborn Buddha Mind is always manifesting as you.’

Dennis Genpo Merzel, The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way. Shambala, 2003.

This week the Ficino Society welcomed George Jisho Robtertson to  speak on Zen Buddhism. Daivik Gandhi, Year 12, comments, ‘he structured his talk so that it was very interactive, and by doing so, many were enlightened, and made more aware of their true potential. He said that one’s being had to become balanced and be in a state of perfect enlightenment (become Buddha).   

He started off by asking the audience ‘Have you ever felt like killing someone?’ He believed that there is a person in one’s self that causes one to have potential or restrict it. For example, he picked on one person who had felt that anger was a ‘person’ in himself that causes him feel like that. Mr Robertson then decided to talk to this ‘person’, to anger, and he asked questions to see how ‘anger’ felt about the physical person, himself. He then interacted to all the other members by asking them what was the one ‘person’ that overpowered what one thought and caused them to have, or not have, the potential to progress. Very interesting answers were given by the members attending. Some said that ‘aggression’ was a person that causes them to do what they do, others were ‘patience’, ‘underestimating one’s ability’ and ‘the fear of what lies ahead in the future’. Mr Robertson answered a question and left each member of the audience reflecting on their being, the ‘persons’ that are within them and the balance they are in, and what potential they have. 

So this very interactive discussion, not only left people wanting to know more, but also reflecting on themselves.’

George is an active student in training with Zen Master Genpo Merzel, Roshi and has been since 1982. He lived and trained with Genpo Roshi for most of the years between 1989 and 2008, and in 1995/96 practiced with Roshi Bernie Glassman. He also studied with Maezumi Roshi in some sesshins between 1984 and 1993 in the UK, Poland, and California. He now lives in Peckham (SE15) where he has a small zendo where people are welcome for meditation.

George is an active student in training with Zen Master Genpo Merzel, Roshi and has been since 1982. He lived and trained with Genpo Roshi for most of the years between 1989 and 2008, and in 1995/96 practiced with Roshi Bernie Glassman. He also studied with Maezumi Roshi in some sesshins between 1984 and 1993 in the UK, Poland, and California. He now lives in Peckham (SE15) where he has a small zendo where people are welcome for meditation.

George is the contact person for a developing community of Genpo Roshi’s students in the London area. They hold one-day meetings for Big Mind™ and meditation with qualified facilitators (you can find these on www.bigmind.org). They also have workshops based on member’s skills and professional qualifications. You can write to George at georgejisho@gmail.com

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