Rough Waking

Rough Waking

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 10:00 to 11:30
Time is tight; life is short. How long do you want to remain in the
dream? Zen master Daizan Skinner Roshi will share the secrets of what it
takes to rapidly and sustainably awaken within the conditions of modern

Based on over a thousand years of practical wisdom and Daizan’s many
years of helping hundreds of westerners to awaken and transform their
lives, you will plunge into the specific Zen techniques and practices
that make the difference.

You will also explore the link between awakening and embodiment, by
working physically, energetically and expressively. Daizan will draw
from his forthcoming book Rough Waking, and also his previous books In
Heaven’s River and Practical Zen laying out the crucial work of
establishing your way to live out the truth of who you really are and
what you have discovered.

About the speaker, Daizan Skinner Roshi

Daizan Skinner became 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 received 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 received inka from Shinzan Miyamae Roshi of Gyokuryuji, with whom he continues to study (see below).

Upon returning from Japan in 2007, Daizan Roshi went on walking pilgrimage up the centre of the island of Britain from the south tip of the Isle of Wight to the north tip of Scotland, living solely on alms food. He met many of his students from different parts of the UK during this time. Daizan Roshi currently offers sanzen (‘interviews’ or training encounters with his students) at Yugagyo Dojo (Zen Yoga) in London as well as using Skype for remote students. Together with his students, he has established, “Yugagyo Dojo”, a Zen training place in London. Daizan Roshi was teaching at The Buddhist Society, the oldest non-sectarian Buddhist Society in Europe, until his retirement from the post in December 2011.

His Zen study incorporated yoga practice. He has also studied yoga in Europe, America and Asia. He brings this wide range of yoga experience to sharing a practice that combines physical challenge with mental and spiritual development. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level and is registered with the Independent Yoga Network as a Yoga Elder with more than 5000 hours of successful teaching experience. Daizan trains yoga teachers to find an expression that is authentically their own and will bring them success when they teach. His knowledge and training in Zen gives him the background to guide you on your spiritual journey.

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