I visited Manchester Zen Dojo in 2012 and created a Youtube video and a blog entry.
This time, I was asked to do an interpretation of a Japanese Zen monk’s lecture at Manchester Zen Dojo. It was very nice to visit there again and see the familiar faces. After the lecture, I had a chance to interview the monk, Kishigami Osho san.
He is a free soul, so he wasn’t hesitant to say whatever he honestly felt. You might disagree with what he says…. Please watch the video and find out!
The first one I’m going to introduce to you is Zen Dojo. Do you know what Zen is? I think, if you are interested in Japanese culture, at least you’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s a type of philosophy that is associated with Zen Buddism. Most Japanese, like myself, are not philosophers, or Zen monks, so will not be able to discuss it in detail. But at least we know vaguely that zen is the way of thinking and living that goes contrary to material gain and abundance, and places more importance on one’s spiritual development. One of the ways they try to achieve the mentality is by doing “zazen,” which literally means “sitting zen”. This is a way of doing meditation that Zen monks developed a long time ago.
In Japan, people typically do zazen at Zen temples. For busy Japanese people, doing zazen is not a very popular pastime, to say the least, and most people rarely get a chance to do it in their life time. Personally, I have never tried to do zazen at temples.
So, guess my surprise when I discovered that there was a zazen dojo in Manchester city centre! I live on curiosity, so I needed to find out more about it. I finally managed to find the time to visit there when a zazen session was taking place.
The session was held on Tuesday night, from 7pm, and the place was near ManCity football stadium. Please watch the video to find out more about it! I’m looking forward to hearing comments from you. For more information on Manchester Zen Dojo please visit izauk.com