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Zen Sesshin (5-day retreat) – Fierce and Fearless – Facing Death

12th November 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 17th November 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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Fierce and Fearless – Facing Death: 5-day Zen sesshin (retreat) with Daizan Roshi

Battle-hardened Japanese samurai, Suzuki Shosan (1579 – 1655) left warrior life and became a Zen monk. He developed a unique and powerful approach to practice, calling his approach “Nio Zen”. The nio are formidable guardian figures found in temple gateways embodying anger and aggression put at the service of compassion. Shosan’s practice involves imaginative identification with these nio figures, coupled with particular energywork practices and unflinching facing of the question of death. On this retreat we will be exploring the application of these practices to modern life in order to:

  • transform the powerful forces of anger and hatred to positivity
  • replace the ultimate fear of death with gratitude and joy
  • develop a vigorous and wholehearted approach to living

This work is particularly suitable for anyone afflicted with anger, timidity and other varieties of fear.

Because of the powerful methods explored in this sesshin, it is not suitable for complete beginners to Zen practice. If you have completed at least one three-day Intensive Zen Retreat, you may apply to join this practice and develop your fierce and fearless wisdom.

Suzuki Shosan Nio temple guardian
Suzuki Shosan Example of a nio

To find out more about our Sesshins, click here.

We do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats, and instead would suggest a donation of £400 or £250 for Zenways members. In case of hardship in making a financial donation please contact us. No one is turned away through lack of means.


12th November 2017 @ 6:00 pm
17th November 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Daizan Skinner (zen)


£400 (£250 for Zenways members)
from £360


The Nightingale Centre
Great Hucklow
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8RH United Kingdom
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01298 871218

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