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Spontaneous Zen talks given in the Rinzai tradition by Ven. Eshu Martin, abbot of the Victoria Zen Centre in Victoria, BC, Canada. www.zenwest.ca

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Spontaneous Zen talks given in the Rinzai tradition by Ven. Eshu Martin, abbot of the Victoria Zen Centre in Victoria, BC, Canada. www.zenwest.ca

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    Letter to Sangha and Supporters - June 2017

    Letter to Sangha and Supporters - June 2017

    To: Zenwest members, associates, patrons, and donors
     
    From: Eshu Osho, Zenwest Board, and members of the Zenwest strategic planning group
     
    Dear friends and supporters of Zenwest,
     
    In our global community, locally, and within our Sangha, the past 3 years have been filled with change. We are writing to talk with you about the changes we have been discussing over the past eight months as part of the 2017 strategic planning process.
     
    Some of you are already familiar with Zenwest’s current model, while for others this is new information. To ensure that everyone has access to the background information to help you understand the history and context for our proposed changes, we have included as an appendix to this letter an overview of the developments in Zenwest that led to the current model, written by Eshu Osho who provides his perspective from 22 years of practicing with Zenwest and 13 years as Abbot.
     
    The model that Zenwest has been operating under since 2005 served Zenwest well for many years. Unfortunately, as a result of multiple factors (discussed in detail in the Appendix) we have come to the difficult conclusion that under the current circumstances the strategic model we have been running is not sustainable, and Zenwest needs to make significant changes going forward.
     
    Our collective recommendation is that Zenwest undergo a transition over the next 12 months to:
    (a) gradually phase out financial compensation for Eshu Osho,
    (b) undertake a review of all aspects of our programming, and
    (c) engage in deep community discussions to determine how to go forward in revitalizing and renewing our community.
     
    These are very significant, serious changes that we are suggesting and we need to know whether the sangha is supportive of this proposed direction.
     
    We want to be clear that the recommendation to end Eshu Osho’s employment with Zenwest is in no way a comment on Eshu’s performance as Abbot. Rather it is a reflection that our membership has shrunk (as discussed in the Appendix) and it is no longer financially sustainable to support a paid position.
     
    Throughout the extended and at times painful discussions that led to this recommendation, we have held two core principles: First, that we are responsible to treat all of the Zenwest relationships with integrity and care. This includes the relationships between Zenwest and Eshu Osho and the Martin family, between sangha members, and relationships with external bodies such as the University of Victoria Multifaith Services where we have a chaplaincy. Second, we all remain committed to Zen practice and creating spaces for people to practice in community. However, it is unclear at this time what that might look like. We see the need to create space for organizational transformation, where we individually and collectively deeply consider what we want to do, what brings us joy, and how we want to practice.
     
    What we are proposing for the next year is a three-phase transition.
     
    Phase 1: June-September 2017
    Eshu Osho continue to work 0.4 FTE at Zenwest (the current arrangement). All Sunday and Tuesday practice opportunities remain the same. Begin community discussions about the future of Zenwest.
     
    Phase 2: October 2017-March 2018
    Eliminate cash salary from Eshu Osho’s compensation arrangement. Zenwest will continue to provide a residence and amenities to the Abbot and his family at the temple in Sooke as compensation for Eshu’s continuing work (hours to be negotiated between Eshu and the Zenwest Board). Sunday and Tuesday sits will continue. Continue community discussions about the future of Zenwest.
     
    Phase 3: April-June 2018
    All compensation will be eliminated from the relationship between Eshu Osho and Zenwest, and Eshu Osho will cease to be an employee of Zenwest Buddhist Society. This is conceptualized as a “pause” to

    • 19 min
    Gateless Barrier 38 Wuzu: A Buffalo Passes Through the Window - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 29, 2016

    Gateless Barrier 38 Wuzu: A Buffalo Passes Through the Window - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 29, 2016

    The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a federally registered charity in Canada that provides training and education in Zen Buddhism. If you enjoy this podcast, please rate it, review it, and share it with a friend that you think will enjoy it as much as you did. Please consider purchasing the Living Zen-podcast app on the iTunes app store!
    www.zenwest.ca
    If you are interested in getting started in Zen Practice, check out our Online Orientation to Zen Practice Program http://www.zenwest.ca/online-zen/84-online-orientation-to-zen

    • 39 min
    Exhortation on Form and Gateless Barrier 37 Wuzu: Zhaozhou: The Oak Tree in the Courtyard - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 15, 2016

    Exhortation on Form and Gateless Barrier 37 Wuzu: Zhaozhou: The Oak Tree in the Courtyard - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 15, 2016

    The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a federally registered charity in Canada that provides training and education in Zen Buddhism. If you enjoy this podcast, please rate it, review it, and share it with a friend that you think will enjoy it as much as you did. Please consider purchasing the Living Zen-podcast app on the iTunes app store!
    www.zenwest.ca
    If you are interested in getting started in Zen Practice, check out our Online Orientation to Zen Practice Program http://www.zenwest.ca/online-zen/84-online-orientation-to-zen

    • 50 min
    What Happens When We Engage in Zen - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Tuesday May 10, 2016

    What Happens When We Engage in Zen - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Tuesday May 10, 2016

    The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a federally registered charity in Canada that provides training and education in Zen Buddhism. If you enjoy this podcast, please rate it, review it, and share it with a friend that you think will enjoy it as much as you did. Please consider purchasing the Living Zen-podcast app on the iTunes app store!
    www.zenwest.ca
    If you are interested in getting started in Zen Practice, check out our Online Orientation to Zen Practice Program http://www.zenwest.ca/online-zen/84-online-orientation-to-zen

    • 28 min
    Practice and our Sangha - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 1, 2016

    Practice and our Sangha - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Sunday May 1, 2016

    The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a federally registered charity in Canada that provides training and education in Zen Buddhism. If you enjoy this podcast, please rate it, review it, and share it with a friend that you think will enjoy it as much as you did. Please consider purchasing the Living Zen-podcast app on the iTunes app store!
    www.zenwest.ca
    If you are interested in getting started in Zen Practice, check out our Online Orientation to Zen Practice Program http://www.zenwest.ca/online-zen/84-online-orientation-to-zen

    • 40 min
    Q&R Butsudan and Dharma Names - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Tuesday April 19, 2016

    Q&R Butsudan and Dharma Names - Kosen Eshu, Osho - Tuesday April 19, 2016

    The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a federally registered charity in Canada that provides training and education in Zen Buddhism. If you enjoy this podcast, please rate it, review it, and share it with a friend that you think will enjoy it as much as you did. Please consider purchasing the Living Zen-podcast app on the iTunes app store!
    www.zenwest.ca
    If you are interested in getting started in Zen Practice, check out our Online Orientation to Zen Practice Program http://www.zenwest.ca/online-zen/84-online-orientation-to-zen

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

aviancm ,

Awakening

I have bee listening and engaging in distance trainings and am now looking forward to my meditation periods. A true gift from ZenWest. Lifechanging....

EarlofBaltimore ,

Useful to all, best Pod on Buddhism/Zen

I have always found Buddhism intellectually satisfying, but to understand and experience are different things. Though still a beginner in every way, this podcast helped to open me up to the spiritual experience in way that I couldn’t before and exposed me to Zen in way I hadn’t been before. The talks are clear and “informal” - in that they are open in mindset, for every person, and not clouded by opaque tradition. There’s much more I could say, but if you’re looking for a place to begin and continue your practice or just understand the basic philosophy of Zen
or Buddhism at large, this is the podcast for you.

emptysky ,

Grateful

I find Living Zen to be a wonderful supplement to my daily Zen practice. Ven. Eshu delivers practical, inspiring insights on both the history of Zen, and its applications in in the modern world. His talks never fail to help align my priorities in regards to my training.

I am incredibly appreciative of this podcast being made available to all of us. I recommend it to not only students of Zen, but to anyone practicing Buddhism. Even if you're not a Buddhist, there is much to learn here.

There isn't a podcast in the world that can take the place of formal training, but Living Zen comes as close as humanly possible.

Thank you so much, Venerable Eshu . The example you set is one the whole world could benefit from. I hope to train with you in person one day. But I won't cling to that desire ;).

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