What we're about

OneDropZenZenDublin was set up in July 2017 by two students of Shodo Harada Roshi, Abbot of Sogenji Monastery Japan, who comes to Europe four times a year to lead week long Sesshins (intensive period of Meditation,zazen practice). These Sesshins are held at Hokuozan Sogenji Monastery, Asendorf, (near Bremen) Northern Germany, which is the Centre for all OneDropZen Sanghas throughout Europe. OneDropZen Sanghas are found throughout many European countries, from Hungary to Denmark and from the Baltic States of Latvia and Lithuania to the Mediterranean and Italy. These OneDropZen Sangha were established by Shodo Harada Roshi and are a major part of his life's work.

It is hoped in time, to establish a OneDropZenIreland Sangha, affiliated to all other OneDropZen Sanghas throughout Europe and worldwide.

OneDropZenDublin meet together, one evening a week, every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at 15 Heytesbury Street Dublin 8, which is off the South Circular Rd. and also parallel to Camden St..All who are drawn to the practice of Zazen are Welcome, those who have sat before and those who are beginners. If you are a beginner with questions, we will do our best to answer those and help you. We have access to our Meditation space in Heytesbury St. from 8 :15 p.m., we then set up our room for sitting meditation and begin at 8 :30 p.m.. If you arrive before 8:15, please do not ring the bell because you may disturb those using the space before us.

We sit together and support each other in our efforts.

' Manifest the place of holding

on to nothing at all

and deepen from it's wisdom'

Harada Roshi.

Excerpt from Hokuozan Monastery Website:


A Zen monastery provides a chance to experience ourselves in simple life circumstances. Simple, vegetarian, healthy food and a simple life style close to nature by practising meditation in action outside and experiencing the seasons in their special qualities, help us to return to what we truly are. This process is not an easy one, since we need to face ourselves honestly. We can´t escape by hanging out in the Internet, or through a comfortable life style with over-heated rooms, eating and drinking according to our pleasure. This simple life style makes us see, what we are, without all these distractions and ornaments.

And from there we can learn to actually get to know ourselves, find what is truly shining within us, see that we do not depend on outer values. Supported by the practice of Zazen and by the silence during meditative work, we return to our original deep rooted trust in ourselves. From that firm inner base, we again are able to open our hearts and reach out to others.

Organiser statement:

" Heard Dae Gak give some early morning talks on Radio 1 in 1999 and attended a one day event which he lead, organised by Copper Pipe Zen, at All Hallows College, Drumcondra. Introduced to Zazen at that time and from there sat with a number of groups in City of Dublin, Deishimaru group, Copper Pipe Zen Group , Ingen Breen Zendo 151 Group and finally an independent group of five people who sat weekly Zazen in Heytesbury St for 10 years. In 2015, attended first week long Sesshin with Shodo Harada Roshi in Hokuozan Sogenji Germany. Since then have attended all Sesshins lead by Shodo Harada Roshi, four Sesshins annually. In 2017, Rinzai Zen Dublin was formed."

John Lyons Dublin 2017.

Website: https://rinzaizendublin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rinzaizendublin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rinzaizendublin

Upcoming events (1)

Meditation Online Thursday 19th.January 2021

Online event

How are you all doing? .......Not searching for our own happiness only, but as it says in the Vimalakirti sutra, the light of a candle is not shining for itself, but by shining it shares its own light onto the surroundings. And this light is what brings brightness into this world. When it is dark we cannot see much. Are you working on deepening your breathing? With each breath, exhaling down to our lower abdomen and actually feeling that taughtness in our belly. That is how we should breathe. Our breathing needs to be wide and expansive. We bring our attention back to the breathing and not looking for anything outside. Letting our breath become smooth and calm. Peaceful. Thus it needs to be expansive, needs to be majestic so that it can reach the end of the universe. Practice to let your breath expand to the other side of the world. We will practice two rounds of Zazen together (25mins) and one round of Kinhin (5mins) on Thursday Evening, 19th. January 2021. Zoom Room Opens at 8:25pm. Please be on time. All are Welcome. The Four Vows: ' 'Sentient beings are numberless I vow to liberate them Desires are inexhaustible I vow to put an end to them The Dharmas are boundless I vow to master them The Buddha's way is unsurpassable I vow to become it.' All are Welcome. To join us please click on the link below. https://zoom.us/j/945921803 Zoom can be downloaded freely and easily to all Tablets, Laptops and Mobiles. Looking forward to meeting you on line. Gassho OneDropZenDublin

Past events (248)

Meditation Online Monday January 18th. @ 8:30PM. 2021.

Online event

Photos (185)