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CONTEMPLATIVE GATHERING

Friday 31stMay – Monday 3rd June 2019

With

REV CHRIS COLLINGWOOD

 Canon Residentiary York Minster and Zen Teacher

‘BOUNDLESS OPENNESS: ZEN WISDOM FOR THE 21STCENTURY’

@

PARK PLACE PASTORAL CENTRE IN HAMPSHIRE

www.parkplacecentre.org.uk

 

We are delighted that Chris has agreed to come and lead our gathering. Many of you will know him as he has been associated with the Sangha since its inception. He is a longstanding friend of Brother Martin’s, a founding member of the Bede Griffiths Charitable Trust. He is currently Canon Residentiary at York Minster. Chris is also an authorized Zen teacher in the Wild Goose Zen Sangha, which is part of the International White Plum Asanga. He has just completed writing a book ‘Zen Wisdom for Christians’, which is due to be published on 21st May 2019.

During our gathering, which will start on Friday evening and finish after lunch on Monday, Chris will lead us in considering what Zen and Christian spirituality have to give each other by exploring Jesus’ parables and Zen koans (stories of encountersbetween Zen Masters and students). There will be times meditation and prayers, times of silence as well as times to share. All aspects of the programme are optional.

Park Place will be a familiar to some of you as we held many early Sangha retreats here. A fine old Georgian house, close to the village of Wickham, it is set in 18 acres of beautiful grounds.  It is home to a small community of Indian Roman Catholic nuns who run a pastoral centre for people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs who are interested in spiritual matters. www.parkplacecentre.org.uk

13thMay 2018 was the 25thanniversary of the Father Bede’s death and May 2019 will mark the 25thanniversary of the founding of the Sangha. During our gathering we are hoping to have some celebratory reflections on Father Bede’s legacy, including a celebratory lunch at the conclusion of our time together.

We look forward to welcoming all those of you who can come.

The Working Group

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