Rinzai teachers in Europe?

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Luke
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Rinzai teachers in Europe?

Postby Luke » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:11 pm

I was just curious if there are any good Rinzai zen teachers in Europe? I have never heard of any...

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Re: Rinzai teachers in Europe?

Postby Caodemarte » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:44 pm

There is the lay successor of Fukushima roshi, the American Jeff Shore who visits to give retreats and the European Taïkan Jyoji, the teacher and representative for Europe of the Rinzai school of Zen (Myôshin-ji branch, Kyoto) at the La Falaise Verte zen center in France. I am sure there are many others that I don't know about, but these two are about as officially Rinzai as you can get. Jeff Shore is a very good teacher. I have never met the other and don't know much more about him. You can check out the La Falaise Verte website or Google being without self for Jeff Shore.

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Re: Rinzai teachers in Europe?

Postby Meido » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:22 am

We conduct sesshin annually in Laufen, Germany (this week in fact).

Of course "good" is not something you'll find out here.
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one's True Nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly (according to this understanding), in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

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Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org
The Rinzai Zen Community - http://www.rinzaizen.org
Madison, WI Rinzai Zen Community - http://www.madisonrinzaizen.org

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Re: Rinzai teachers in Europe?

Postby Luke » Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:51 pm

Meido wrote:We conduct sesshin annually in Laufen, Germany (this week in fact).

That's cool, but unfortunately, I can't take any time off from work to travel there now. I hope you have a great retreat! :)

Meido wrote:Of course "good" is not something you'll find out here.

haha. A "very Zen" answer.

I guess what I meant by "good" was "qualified" or "authentic."

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Re: Rinzai teachers in Europe?

Postby Meido » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:16 pm

Hi Luke,

We do this retreat annually...if you have any interest feel free to join our email list via the Rinzai Zen link in my signature. I expect that other groups in Europe could add you to their lists as well to keep you informed about events.

Wasn't trying to give a "Zen" answer, just to point out that the good teacher is the one with whom you have some affinity. Good to go around and check out as many of them as you can. Of course the question of legitimacy is something that should be researched as well.

Good luck in your search.

Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one's True Nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly (according to this understanding), in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

明道禅徹
Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org
The Rinzai Zen Community - http://www.rinzaizen.org
Madison, WI Rinzai Zen Community - http://www.madisonrinzaizen.org


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