Our Core Vision
The Four Zen Vows are our vision :
“Sentient Beings are numberless; I vow to save then.
Afflictions are inexhaustible; I vow to put an end to them.
The Dharma Gates are boundless; I vow to practise them.
The Buddha Way is unsurpassable; I vow to Attain it”.
To promote and develop Zen Buddhism and the practice of Shikantaza.
To promote and develop peacefulness and kindness within ourselves, within society, and in the world.
To maintain Zen Peace Centre as a pure, peaceful and harmonious place of practice for zazen, study, ritual and for Sangha gatherings.
To maintain Zen Peace Centre as a place for long term Zen training in the North of England.
To support ordained priests of the Zen Peace Centre.
To undertake Peace Pilgrimages, nationally and internationally. Long distance walks to promote peaceful activity within society.
To offer outreach meditation and classes to prisons and schools.
To offer outreach Zen groups in Lancashire.
To provide meditation and classes online.
The Path of Immaculate Humility
“To enter the Path is to enter oneself.
Which stone do I tread? Which path do I walk?
Take the step in front of you, with humility, as if your chest were on the ground.
Then the glory of the Path opens up.”
Interpreting the Bodhisatva Vow,
Our Gentle Vision
The Bodhisattva Vows ask us for more than just a temporary commitment, they ask us for something bigger. They ask us to be a 'bigger' person, one with a larger vision. When we take the Bodhisattva Vows we are committing to serve our fellow beings with softness and compassion. Committing ourselves to be gentle.
The Bodhisattva Vow is a Herculean commitment...........we use the words - Numberless - Inexhaustible - Boundless - Unsurpassable. And yet, you are willing to keep on trying, to let go of being small and act with kindness and humility, for the sake of all beings.
The Majesty of Respect for Others
“No longer is it right for anyone to stand back and be silent about the way humanity disregards the greatness of our lives and disregards our connection with our beautiful earth. Each of us is a being of such great action, of great hope and yet we are often told otherwise. Every one of us has a heart that can open to peace.
Society, community, is the majesty of respect for others. A society practicing peacefulness, fully enveloped in kindness is the maturity of our humanity. Nations practicing peace are not fueled by the continual preparation for war. We are so much greater than what we are told. Peacefulness and Kindfulness are not weak, they are the strength of our humanity and with them we know our true place on this great earth”.