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Daizan Skinner (zen)

Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, our teacher in the UK.

Julian Daizan Skinner is the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. Over twenty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a scientist in the pharmaceuticals industry, sold his house, gave all the money away and entered a Zen monastery.

Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Daizan Roshi recieved Dharma Transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen. He has also undergone training as an enlightenment intensive master with Lawrence Noyes, leading student of the creator of enlightenment intensives, Charles Berner. Daizan Roshi recieved inka from Shinzan Miyamae Roshi of Gyokuryuji, with whom he continues to study

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January 2018

Inaugural teaching and Hossen-shiki (dharma combat) ceremony

7th January 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
ZenYoga (Yugagyo Dojo), 24a Camberwell Grove
London, London SE5 8RE United Kingdom
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Hossen ceremony

You are invited to Matt Daigu Farren's inaugural teaching (teisho; dharma talk) as a Junior Zen teacher, and to engage with him in dharma combat (hossen, meaning to answer questions from the sangha). After this, Matt will formally be at the start of his career as a Zen teacher.

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February 2018

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

8th February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11th February 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Noddfa, Penmaenmawr, Noddfa, Conwy Old Road
Penmaenmawr, North Wales LL34 6YF United Kingdom
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Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). The format is based on the "group sanzen" format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner, creating a uniquely powerful combination.

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May 2018

3 day Intensive Zen retreat

24th May 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 27th May 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Gaunts House, Wimbourne Dorset BH21 4JQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Our 3-day intensive Zen retreats are designed specifically to create the ideal conditions for you to find your true nature – to find out who you really are (kensho in Japanese). The format is based on the "group sanzen" format developed by Shinzan Roshi, together with the dyad work of American teacher, Charles Berner, creating a uniquely powerful combination.

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June 2018

Trip to Japan and Zen Sesshin

9th June 2018 - 20th June 2018
Ikoma Nara Prefecture 630-0231 Japan + Google Map
$2555
Gyokuryuji temple Japan

Zenways trip to Japan: 20th-31st May 2017. Including 5-day Zen sesshin retreat with Shinzan Roshi, cultural activities and sight-seeing.

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August 2018

Mountain Walking Retreat

31st August 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 3rd September 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Glencoe Independent Hostel, Glencoe Independent Hostel
Glencoe, Scotland PH49 4HX United Kingdom
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Mountain Walking Retreat

A 3-day retreat devoted to walking in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands together as a group, led by qualified Mountain Leader Penny Clay together with Daizan Roshi. Open to all experience levels, although a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.

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