“To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no- trace continues endlessly.”
Southern Wind is an open group that meets regularly, receiving old and new meditation practitioners, with the intention of sharing, deepening and helping each other in the realization of the Buddha way.
This way is cultivated from our compromise with the practice of zazen, the study of the Dharma, the guidance of the Roshi (zen master) and the interaction with the Sangha (community of buddhists practitioners) and blooms in our everyday life with our family, at work , studying and in social engagement.
We practice zazen weekly, zazenkai monthly (a day of meditation and silence) and sesshin (intensive retreat) at least once a year.
We organize regular visits of Daniel Terragno to Argentina to guide our Zen practice. Whenever our Master visits us he offers public lectures, guides Zen practice gatherings, heads sesshin (generally 7 day retreats) and gives dokusan (private interviews)
We share a time for reading traditional texts and writings of contemporary Buddhist Masters, and we discuss and exchange views in order to deepen our understanding of the Dharma.
We also organize talks and gatherings with masters and followers of other Buddhist schools, so that we enrich ourselves and open our mind to the diversity of the Buddha Dharma.
In October 2004 we met Mary Jise Jacks Roshi, Teacher of the Diamond Sangha and Head of Maitai Zendo in New Zealand (www.zendo.org.nz) Mary Jacks visited our Dojo and guided our practice, giving a lecture with questions and answers.
Mary Jacks Roshi will visit us again this year, collaborating with our activities through lectures workshops and directing a Sesshin from 13 to 16 of October.
In December 2004 we had the visit of Gonzalo Barreiros (Kampang Poep Sa Nim), Chairman of the Argentinian Zen Buddhist Center ( www.centrozen.8m.com ) and Dharma Teacher in the lineage of Korean Zen . Gonzalo shared with us his experience of travelling in India, visiting some of the traditional Buddhists sites.
In January 2005 our Teacher Daniel Terragno Roshi (www.rocksandclouds.org) visited us for the sixth time. He offered a Zazenkai with Dokusan in Buenos Aires and guided a 7 day Sesshin in Cordoba.
This year, in Spring, we will have him again in Buenos Aires. He will offer us a lecture, a day of Zen practice, private interviews (dokusan) and a Sangha gathering on the 22 and 23 of September.
Next year we will have our seven day Sesshin with Daniel: 5 to 12 of February.
Daniel Terragno in Buenos Aires
In March 2005 we received in our Dojo Tenshin Reb Anderson, Zen Teacher of the Soto tradition who was ordained by the famous Teacher Shunryu Suzuki. He was his assistant for many years and later became abbot of the three training centers of the San Francisco Zen Center (City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center)- (www.rebanderson.org) - Tenshin Roshi shared zazen with us , gave a lecture and talked with the Sangha. This event was shared by members of other Dojos.
With Daniel Terragno Roshi:
July 2007, 5 to 9, in Buenos
February 2008, 2 to 9, in Córdoba
Contact in Argentina:
(Sonia & Ricardo)
Someone asked, “What is the pure, undefiled sangha?
Zhaozhou said, “A young virgin.”
“What are the people in the sangha?
“The virgin is pregnant.”