Silky Oak Zen Community
"Mindfulness and Recovery"
Our community Zen practice is offered in the context of Western culture, incorporating traditional Asian forms and teachings. Our practice is derived mainly from the Linchi/Rinzai school of Zen, but we also adopt specific Buddhist teachings and other related sources to bring about effective relief, and continued inner peace.
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Silky Oak Zen Community is also a peer support group for people who are suffering because of addiction problems, substance abuse, depression, stress, burnout, or other forms of obsessive behaviour. We offer a learning space for those who would like to work on relieving their stresses and anxieties. From the position of recovery, our practice lies in awakening the heart of wisdom and compassion. This heart is our own true heart—the essence of peace, harmony and joy—and it is not separate from the heart of all beings.
Underlying all our practice is "Sajja" or truthfulness and honesty. When one is truly honest and on the path of abstinence, one can begin to fully recover and "awaken" to a rich and boundless sobriety.
In conjuction with The 5th Precept group, our community supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours. Open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, we promote mindfulness and meditation, which is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence.
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"May all beings be well and happy!"
"Keep sitting, keep smiling"
The Silky Oak (Grevilea robusta)
The grandest of its kind and widely adaptable. Its both drought and frost tolerant. It survives in difficult soils, erratic weather patterns and recovers well after storms. Despite all of these challenges, its nutrients are rich, produces abundant flora and naturally inter-connects with its surroundings. This is our metaphor for mindfulness and recovery.