Jake Lyne is a past Chair of the Western Chan Fellowship. He is a longstanding Buddhist practitioner within the Chan tradition, following the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He has been in training with John Crook, Master Sheng Yen, Simon Child and other teachers for 30 years. He is married with 3 children and is a retired clinical psychologist.
Jos Hadfield has been teaching Zen Brushwork since 2008 following in the lineage of Terayama Tanchū Sensei. She also leads t’ai chi retreats, which she has been teaching for over 20 years. She is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren and lives at Roselidden Farm.
In this retreat we will combine Silent Illumination meditation with Japanese brushwork. Each day we will aim for a balance between these mutually supporting practices.
Silent Illumination is a profound meditation practice which leads to a mind of great calmness and insight, using ancient Chinese Zen methods which are just as applicable to the modern West. It is the origin of the Japanese Soto Zen practice of Shikantaza but is approached somewhat differently and full instruction will be given.
Brushwork is also based in the Chan/Zen tradition. As Zen Master Hakuin (1688 – 1768) explained, brushwork is a practice with the intention of drawing ‘lines of unfettered simplicity, to reveal nothing special, with no particular beauty, only an uncommon ease that transcends our understanding of space and time.’
According to the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitarō true creativity is not the product of conscious effort but rather the ‘phenomenon of life itself’. True creativity arises from a state beyond thought, emotions, and expectations.
This is a residential retreat.
Supported Places are available at £140
To book, and for further information, contact Jos Hadfield: