1:30 – 5:00 pm, Saturday 6th October, 2018
Workshop with Issho Fujita: Zazen Practice – A fresh outlook
An afternoon with renowned teacher Issho Fujita
Ideal for anyone who wants to explore the ancient practice of zen meditation with a cosmopolitan 21st century mentor.
The event is open to anyone with an interest in the practice of Zen meditation. No prior knowledge is required. The programme might also appeal to more experienced practitioners who would like to get to know Issho’s unconventional approach. The afternoon combines a talk and hands-on exercises.
We feel fortunate to welcome Issho here in London to guide us through an afternoon of deep practice and fun. He is interested in discovering new ways to articulate the depth of the simple practice of shikantaza.
About Fujita Issho
Formerly director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Centre in San Francisco
Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental and clinical psychology at Tokyo University. Besides academic studies,
he intensively practiced Aikido and Noguchi Exercises. When he was a PhD student at the age of 27, he was recommended by a master of Chinese
medicine to attend a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, a traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. As a result of this experience he became
deeply interested in zazen practice. Eventually he dropped out of graduate school to study Zen full time and entered Antai-ji, a Soto Zen monastery in the tradition of Kodo Sawaki and Kosho Uchiyama.
In 1987, he was sent by his teacher to be a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts. During his stay until 2005, he also taught at Smith College, Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and other colleges and institutions.
From 2010—2018 he was assigned to be Director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco.
Is is the author of “Modern Lectures on Zazen: The Path to Shikantaza” and is the co-author of “Buddhism 3.0: An Update.” He has also translated numerous works into Japanese including Stephen Batchelor’s “Buddhism Without Beliefs,” David Brazier’s “The Feeling Buddha,” and Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Zen Keys.”
He is currently visiting many Zen centres and temples worldwide to teach Soto Zen teachings and practices.
The Aubert Court Community Centre, Avenell Road, London N5 1BL
Please arrive promptly for a 1:30pm start.
Located at the back of a council estate off Avenell Road, 5 minutes walk from the Arsenal Tube Station (Piccadilly line). Several local bus routes on Highbury Park (A1201).
Avenell Road, south of Conewood street is in Islington Zone G and on-street parking is permitted on Saturday (6th Oct is NOT a match day) For more information, please see this document by Islington council.