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We know these are transformative times for society.
Neil Soten Theise brings up “Dasui’s Aeonic Fire” to consider
how each of us might use this time to transform and awaken.
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March 12, 2020
Ryotan Sensei speaks about how our Zen practice supports us in difficult times.
March 7, 2020
Enkyo Roshi takes up the koan Mu, employing poetic commentary of three Chinese Women Zen Masters from the 12th and 17th century.
February 20, 2020
We’re perfect and complete, especially when we’re completely unhappy with our own perfection. Nonetheless, can we offer ourselves compassion and embrace the person we think we are without forgetting that the self does not exist?
Jo An shares his experience of watching
vultures devour a deer carcass on his property.
He ties this to Xuefeng’s “Dreg Slurpers”
in our study text Zen Echoes, reminding us that
the dharma does not live in the dregs
of the ancients, but it is here and now.
(photo by Melissa MacMasters)
What happens when life as we know it changes,
when our previous assumptions no longer hold and
the structures by which we know ourselves collapse?
Using Chiyono’s experience of kensho in No Water No Moon,
Joshin shows how Zen practice helps us accept
the fact of death in life itself.
Meditation trains us to look directly and compassionately at ourselves and our behavior. This meticulous self examination ultimately leads to freedom from the bondage of any fixed identity. When the self is seen, the self disappears; when the self disappears, the world is healed.