Shōganji Zen Retreat, Japan, 2015. My deepest gratitude to Jiho Kongo for the inspiration and teachings, as well as all the wonderful, interesting, and inspiring guests that we have hosted over the years. I spent almost two years living at Shōganji Zen temple and presently still working as online coordinator. I consider Shōganji my spiritual home. Click the photo for the Shōganji Zen Retreat website.

Shōganji Zen Retreat, Japan, 2015. My deepest gratitude to Jiho Kongo for the inspiration and teachings, as well as all the wonderful, interesting, and inspiring guests that we have hosted over the years. I spent almost two years living at Shōganji Zen temple and presently still working as online coordinator. I consider Shōganji my spiritual home. Click the photo for the Shōganji Zen Retreat website.

A personal note from Middle Path Retreat Director, Pierre Black

I'm a Naturopath and Healer originally from Montreal, Canada.
I have been travelling the world for over a decade, on a spiritual and intellectual quest to understand joy, peace, true healing, and a rational model of spirituality that bridges the scientific and metaphysical worlds.

My quest has taken me to 19 countries around the world where I have studied, worked, apprenticed, and volunteered. I have spent extended periods living in Japan, India, Thailand, Cuba, Mexico, and 14 other countries in Asia and Latin America, including 2 years in a small rural Zen Buddhist in southern Japan.

I am eager now to engage fully with my new home and community, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Middle Path retreat is place where people can heal and optimize body, mind, and spirit. A place to learn practical take-home tools for expanding personal and global wellbeing. It is a reflection of the quest I have been on, and how I hope to serve others in this life. 

I hope you will join me!

- Pierre Black, June 2017.

 

What is "spirituality"?

"I define Spirituality is the process of optimized human joy and wellbeing that is both personal and transpersonal, immediate and trans-temporal. It is a process, not a state; immanent more than transcendent, except where we transcend time and self through the trans-personal and trans-temporal. It extends and expands from the self and the present moment, outward to others, and through time into the future, and even into the past. It includes and integrates the past and the inevitability of our own death, and can do so without spurious metaphysical claims. This is something you can do, experience, and prove right now." 


- Pierre Black, director, Middle Path Retreat



 

 

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