What is this?
Hi, my name is Riccardo, 49 years old from Italy. I started studying Zen at the end of year 2019, an era that now we call pre-pandemic. I didn’t have a clue about what would happen in the years to come (nobody really has a clue about that). In this blog, I am trying to put the various pieces which compose my experience with Zen Buddhism together.
What will you find in this Blog? Most likely many English grammar mistakes to start with. However, all I want to do is to use this blog as a meditation practice. Writing is a great way to express what arises moment to moment. Can I let go of my inhibitions, be authentic and open? I don’t know but I will use this exercise to meet my ‘soft spots’. How can a Blog do that? Again, I don’t genuinely know it but my intuition is telling me that it could.
And, of course, I hope this blog is going to be useful for other people too. It is never just about us, it is more about other people. I found so much inspiration when reading other people stories about their journey, from Buddhists accounts but also from other traditions. All of them so inspiring! If these words can inspire and support just one person, that would be amazing!
A few years ago, I went to India for a meditation retreat at the Osho International Meditation Centre and my accommodation happened to be in a building called Rinzai as in the famous Rinzai Gigen founder of the Rinzai school of Zen. Whilst I was there, as part of the meditation practice, I participated in … Continue reading Rinzai Gigen
How many days would you give to yourself if you were to learn a new skill? And, how long would you need to develop a healthy habit? When we practise something for an extended period of time, not only we become good at what we practise, but we also make that practice a habitual element … Continue reading 2022: 100 days resolution meditation practice
There is a statue of the Buddha in my living room, it is part of a small altar that I set up to remind myself of my practice. A small statue of a laughing Buddha sits next to it to remind myself not to take myself too seriously. It is a decoration and it looks beautiful but, … Continue reading Buddhism
On Tuesday the 7th of December, I went to London, to the Zenways dojo in Camberwell to attend Rohatsu. Rohatsu is a Japanese word which literally means 8th day of the 12th month, 8th of December in other words. This is the day that Buddhists celebrates the day the historical Buddha experienced enlightenment, he realised his true … Continue reading Rohatsu
In October 2018, I attended a course to learn to teach meditation and mindfulness. In October 2018, I attended a course to learn to teach meditation and mindfulness. The course was run by an organisation called Zenways, more specifically, the course was run by one of its members, Seán Collins. The course lasted for a week and … Continue reading Zenways
I know every wrinkle on my face, every scar, indentation, valleys and rises as I stared in a mirror for 5 consecutive days. I went to a Sesshin last month, a meditation retreat in the Zen tradition. During this period of intense practice (meditation practice), one follows a very rigid schedule; sitting meditation, walking meditation, … Continue reading SESSHIN (5-DAY RETREAT) – MIRROR ZEN