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Work Practice: Sunday April 28, 10:15-11:45 followed by lunch. Join us!

What is Buddha? a student asked Tozan (Dongshan). Three pounds of hemp! he snapped back. What is Buddha? a student asked Unmon (Yunmen). Dried shit-stick! he responded. The broom, the shovel, the chisel, saw, hoe and twine: all are “buddha” – integral parts of one awakened reality. Work practice is integral to meditation training. Whether […]

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Message from Henry: Pushing

Isn’t it a relief to have found a practice that doesn’t respond at all to pushing? It’s a granite rock, implacable, unmoveable. Try to push ahead and it just pushes back. Utterly stubborn. Thinking back over the eight or so books I published when I was busy as a writer, I remember that some were […]

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The Ultimate

All objects point to the Ultimate,  and a real work of art actively brings whoever  sees or hears it  to his real nature, which is beauty.  The difference between an ordinary object and a work of art is    that the object is passive in its pointing towards the Ultimate  whereas the work of art is active. […]

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Summer Retreat: June 17-23

Prepare for summer! Join us for our 2019 Summer Retreat Monday June 17 – Sunday June 23. All are warmly invited to attend this summer solstice event Each day begins at 6am and concludes at 9pm. Most of our sits will be in the zendo but there will also be outdoor practice, both walking and […]

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Henry

Message from Henry: Kindness

Wisdom asks: how can we live better? Zen is ethical. Like all schools of Buddhism. The karmic problem it addresses is that while humans can be extraordinarily kind and altruistic, we can also be spectacularly selfish and cruel. It’s a wisdom tradition. Wisdom asks: how can we live better? What would it mean to live […]

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What Shall We Do? by David Loy

…humanity’s greatest challenge ever is also Buddhism’s greatest challenge ever. An excerpt from Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, by David Loy Buddhist teachings do not tell us what to do in response to the ecological crisis, but they have a lot to say about how to do it. Gautama Buddha lived about 2,400 […]

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Message from Henry: Getting what we want?

In training, in sitting long hours over decades, do we learn more from getting what we want? For example, from experiencing lovely states of calm and clarity, or perhaps even being graced with a  heart-stopping glimpse of the infinite, boundless, loving power of shunyata? Or, do we actually learn more from not getting what we […]

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