Things are not
what they appear to be;
nor are they otherwise.
Spring comes, and
the grass grows, by itself.
Entering the forest
he moves not the grass;
Entering the water
he makes not a ripple. They take seriously
what the Absolute made for fun.
The Zen master Huike was meditating by a river when a young man called Bimo interrupted him. "Master, I wish to become your disciple," said Bimo. "Why?" asked Huike. "Because I want to find Liberation."
Huike slowly got to his feet, and told Bimo to come with him into the water.
They both entered the river. The master asked Bimo to put his head under the water. He then grabbed and held his head down! After a few seconds Bimo tried to come up for air, but the master held his head firmly under the water.
After a little while Bimo started to splutter and struggle to get up but Huike still held him down. Just before he drowned, Huike released him and said: "Come back and see me when you want liberation as much as you wanted air just now.”
We are a small community of people who live simply and in harmony, sharing and growing through the practice of Living Mindfully. Our focus is on cultivating the ability to respond to each moment of life with calm clear attention.
Many people come to Dharma Gaia learn about meditation and mindfulness, while others simply come for personal retreat, self-care and a time to contemplate and be in nature. We are very happy to receive people from all walks of life, and cultural and ethnic traditions to simply be here to rest, rejuvenate and experience the deep peace and joy of the Mindfulness Practice.
We are grounded in the teachings and tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is an inspiration and a profound example of the peace and beauty that is enabled when we live fully in the present moment. We do not need to become Buddhist to touch the reality of life ... we need only to stop our running and allow ourselves to be here ... now.
The centre is nestled in the beautiful bush-covered hills of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.