Eshin gave a talk on “Zen creativity” at Lam Wong’s “Tea Zen” art show on July 30. The art show was held at “VisualSpace gallery” on Dunbar and included calligraphy by Don Wong, Eshin’s talk and tea tasting with Lam. The participants had an invigorating and stimulating time. Here’s pictures from the evening.

Stepping Forward fundraising drive

As the Zen Centre of Vancouver nears its 50th anniversary, we’ve launched a fund-raising drive to pay off the last of our mortgage (approximately C$85,000, 5% of the property value) before it comes up for renewal in June 2016. Free of the burden of mortgage payments we can establish residential programs, especially for younger practitioners, gain financial security, and be ready for further growth.

As you know, the centre has helped hundreds of Canadians, introducing them to Zen practice and offering a wide array of daily programs and residential retreats. Everyone who’s come to the centre over the years has benefitted in some measure: some simply gaining a brief introduction to meditation that may ring a bell years in the future; others finding a lifelong commitment to cultivate their authentic self, freeing their potential to play a more beneficial role with family, friends, and as a responsible citizen of this earth. The centre wishes to continue helping newer generations.

We invite you to support our mortgage retirement fund in whatever measure you can. All donations big and small are welcome, and are fully tax deductible.

See this pdf brochure for more details and how to donate. Thank you.

Please share this information with friends, co-workers or family that could be interested. Printed brochures are available at the centre.

The form of our practice at the Zen Centre of Vancouver, like others across North America, has evolved over time; indeed the whole history of Zen is one of change. The form changed when it came from India to China and surrounding countries. While the form has changed, the essential teaching remains clear and timeless.

The basic change to our form since Sasaki Roshi first came to Vancouver 50 years, is a gradual evolution away from the traditional Japanese residential monastic model Roshi knew best. About half the chants are now done in English, zendo customs have been simplified, corrections are far less severe, introductions to newcomers are more detailed and inviting, yoga exercise has been introduced into the weeklong retreats, and so forth. It is now time to consider the relevance of ordainment in a lay city centre with lay city people.