Welcome. You’ve come to this site because you’re curious about Zen, perhaps: a word you’ve heard many times and in various contexts. Or, you believe it could help you manage stress or cultivate one-pointedness. Perhaps you understand it to be a spiritual path: a path to wisdom and transformation. In any case, you are interested.
“Zen” has become a ubiquitous word these last thirty years being used to connote harmony, naturalness, simplicity as well as someone who is loose as in unencumbered (by contrivances, whether material or abstract) — free. As well, the onomatopoeic flavour of the word makes it irresistible to use. Zennnnnnnnnnn…
While this usage misses the point of the word’s meaning [lit. meditation from Skt. dyana], it does represent fruits of this practice that has come down through the Buddhist tradition — a practice to which people have turned over the centuries whether in the effort toward peace of mind, freedom from the internal chaos of undisciplined thoughts, mitigation of stress or toward awakening to true reality, wisdom … with its attendant transformation.
But know this first Lao-tsu famously said, The Way that can be spoken is not the Way.” And so it is with Zen.
Zen must be walked for its truth, its reality, to be grasped. All the sutras and teishos, koans and Zen poems and Dharma talks — including the Introductory Lectures given during our Orientation program — are but the finger pointing to the moon [truth] which, as Zen Master Sôsan (d.606) warned long ago, is not to be confused with the moon itself. Zen’s like snow boarding — or surfing: even the most evocative of prose or poetry will not call forth the fulness of the experience, its truth. In the end, one must go out to the hill — or wave — step onto the board and let go. One must do the practice— must sit [zazen] under the guidance of a qualified Teacher.
Mountain Moon Sangha members “let go” with me (or my Successors or Assistant Teachers) in Toronto, Canada and Brisbane, Australia where we conduct weekly sittings with dokusan as well as weekend events and sesshin that make possible more intense practice.
If you would like to find out more about MMS, read on. In these pages you’ll find information about me and the Sangha programs, helpful links and how to get more information.
Sei’un An Roselyn Stone Mountain Moon Sangha Toronto and Brisbane