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“Most worthwhile things take a long time” - on Zen in Australia

These are huge and transformative changes for people ... people become deeper in their life, more intimate with reality ... much more deeply connected in.

An interview with Ross Bolleter, Roshi

Ross Bolleter Roshi is spiritual leader and teacher of the Diamond Sangha Zen Buddhist lineage in Australia and New Zealand. He lives in Western Australia.


A wonderful interview from May 2018. With thanks to the Buddhist Council of Western Australia.

Editor’s Note: it is a personal blessing to find this interview, as Ross participated in our wedding (that is, the wedding of Catherine and Warren). Ross kindly flew out from WA and gifted us with a spontaneous “sermon” - an improvisation on the accordion, while leaning against a tree in a small park where the ceremony took place. As a composer he is known for his performances on decaying, ruined pianos (see below).

Here is Ross Bolleter speaking on Zen in Australia:

The Buddhist Council of WA is proud to share this video interview as part of the it Vesak 2018 celebrations. More information about the Zen Group of WA can be found on their website. Video produced by Boon Tan, Jake Mitra and Tanita Fernando.

And … Listen to a composition by Ross Bolleter for six ruined pianos:

Secret Sandhills for six ruined pianos (to the memory of Timmy Payungka Tjapangati (c. 1940 -- 2000)) Timmy Tjapangati's created his painting Secret Sandhills in the oppressive, desolate and poverty-stricken conditions of the government settlement at Papunya, 250 miles west of Alice Springs, in Central Australia in 1972.

Contemplative Summer School, Denmark

... from Helgenaes, Denmark in the Nordic high Summer:

Offering music at the inaugural apple tree planting at the conclusion of the Gomde Højskole, Contemplative Summer School, on the evening of the full moon eclipse and super Mars. The Summer School is based on the philosophy of N.F.S. Grundtvig— Danish theologian, scholar, poet and educator, embracing folk education and creativity . Pictured below: a ceremony in nature to symbolize the wish that the school grow deep roots and rise toward the heavens. - David Hykes

Photo contributed by David Hykes,    www.harmonicpresence.org   . David and co-participants at the Contemplative Summer School at Gomde, Denmark / 2018.

Photo contributed by David Hykes, www.harmonicpresence.org. David and co-participants at the Contemplative Summer School at Gomde, Denmark / 2018.

More images from the Contemplative Summer School at Gomde Buddhist retreat centre:

Above photos from the Gomde Højskole F   acebook page   , 2018

Above photos from the Gomde Højskole Facebook page, 2018

What is Gomde Højskole?

"The contemplative Summer Institute at Gomde DK will be the first of its kind, but we hope and believe this merging of open dialogic life engagement and contemplative practices and thoughts will catch on and become an annual event.

The two 7-day seminars will be held at Gomde Denmark, a Buddhist retreat center in the beautiful Nordic high summer at Helgenaes, Denmark. The seminars are particularly aimed at young adults, creative souls and anyone shaping their life".... read more

Here are a couple of interviews with founders of the Summer School:

Informational video (raise volume to listen):

For more information on contemplative retreats in France, Denmark, and other locations, contact David Hykes  www.harmonicpresence.org

Thinking Otherwise

(Photo: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimTheologicalCollege/)

(Photo: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimTheologicalCollege/)

I am happy to be team-teaching a University of Divinity course on feminist theology (with Cath Mackinney, Katharine Massam, Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, Robyn Whitaker) at Pilgrim Theological College: Thinking Otherwise.

"It's a Girl" / Nicola Slee

The news spread like wildfire.
Sages were perplexed.
Astronomers recalculated their stars.
Shepherds sloped back to their charges.
Only the midwives smiled their knowing smiles.
And the angels crowded round,
singing 'Glory! Glory!'

(Nicola Slee, "(W)riting like a Woman," Gavin D'Costa, Eleanor Nesbitt, Mark Pryce, Ruth Shelton and Nicola Slee, Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality [Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014], p. 38.)