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Investigating Koans, 2018/4/7-4/14, Western Chan Fellowship, UK



Investigating Koans 7-night Residential Retreat

Time: Saturday 7th April to Saturday 14th April 2018

Leader: Fiona Nuttall,
Venue: Maenllwyd Retreat Centre, Wales UK


The ancient Chinese Zen practices of investigating Huatou and Gongan (Koan) are best practised in a supportive environment such as this intensive silent retreat.

As one becomes deeply absorbed in the practice, mental constructions drop away and one is confronted by a realisation that one does not know the nature of existence and one's fundamental assumptions of life are groundless.

Staying with and cultivating this 'doubt', it can become all-consuming 'Great doubt' which may 'shatter', giving a direct insight into reality which may be what is known as an Enlightenment experience.

To progress in these methods requires a sustained focus and so this retreat is recommended particularly for those with previous experience of intensive retreat, and prior attendance at a Western Zen Retreat is advisable, but serious beginners are also accepted.


Fiona Nuttall

Leader: Fiona Nuttall

Fiona Nuttall, Zhi-jing Fa-hong, is the first Dharma Heir of Simon Child. Fiona trained with John Crook and Simon Child from the 1990's, and is Chair of the WCF committee. She has been leading retreats for WCF since 2007.


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