Friday, 22 June 2012

April Zen Retreat

At the end of April, I attended a Zen meditation retreat held at Benburb Priory by Black Mountain Zen Centre of Belfast. Here are a couple of images i took part-way through the retreat. Sitting in my van in silence.. If you look carefully you can see some peacocks through the back window, as the fowl wandered around in the evening sunshine..
The spring blossoms in full bloom
Look carefully for the peacocks.. A friend had put the branch of blossoms under my window wiper one afternoon too :-)
I found living in my van at the retreat a special experience, as it gave me the luxury of ‘going home to my own bed’ each evening instead of sharing the accommodation with the others. Of course my home is still very simple and fits well with the basic zen type of life – except I am living this way all the time. (Its also nice to have the option of making my own meals sometimes in the van when on retreat ;-) )

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