“Most worthwhile things take a long time” - on Zen in Australia

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An interview with Ross Bolleter, Roshi

Ross Bolleter Roshi is spiritual leader and teacher of the Diamond Sangha Zen Buddhist lineage in Australia and New Zealand. He lives in Western Australia.

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A wonderful interview from May 2018. With thanks to the Buddhist Council of Western Australia.

Editor’s Note: it is a personal blessing to find this interview, as Ross participated in our wedding (that is, the wedding of Catherine and Warren). Ross kindly flew out from WA and gifted us with a spontaneous “sermon” - an improvisation on the accordion, while leaning against a tree in a small park where the ceremony took place. As a composer he is known for his performances on decaying, ruined pianos (see below).

Here is Ross Bolleter speaking on Zen in Australia:

The Buddhist Council of WA is proud to share this video interview as part of the it Vesak 2018 celebrations. More information about the Zen Group of WA can be found on their website. Video produced by Boon Tan, Jake Mitra and Tanita Fernando.

And … Listen to a composition by Ross Bolleter for six ruined pianos:

Secret Sandhills for six ruined pianos (to the memory of Timmy Payungka Tjapangati (c. 1940 -- 2000)) Timmy Tjapangati's created his painting Secret Sandhills in the oppressive, desolate and poverty-stricken conditions of the government settlement at Papunya, 250 miles west of Alice Springs, in Central Australia in 1972.