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Spring Sesshin: March 5-11, 2018

Our 6-day spring sesshin is coming right up: March 5-11. Consider joining us for this early spring offering of meditation, walking, and samu practice. We will follow our usual timetable, beginning at 6am and ending at 9pm each day. There will be plenty of outdoor practice, both walking and sitting, and we will use some of the […]

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Message from Henry: Ferries

It wouldn’t make sense to keep venturing forth in different craft. Better to board one ferry and get over the water. Master Sheng Yen said he had met students who went to many masters, thinking they could get more that way, as if each teacher could give them one dollar, so if they saw ten […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

…if we really lived out the reality glimpsed in a moment of realization, and in every instant of our lives were free of all last shreds of clinging or grasping…then we might indeed be something like “perfect.” Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. The first is concentration—meaning in part simply the […]

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Message from Henry: Ongoing Training

This ineffable teaching is very new in the West. Why would we not get all the guidance we can? Since the whole universe is an experiment in learning, it’s good for a teacher to continue their own training. Whatever efforts they put into it will be in service of their students, and will directly benefit […]

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Three Treasures of Zen

Three elements have long been considered integral and indispensable to Zen training – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Often referred to as the three treasures, they form the foundation of our practice and correspond, more or less, to our sitting practice, our understanding of the teachings, and our sitting together as a group.     Buddha  […]

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Message from Henry: Value of Practice

…the possibility of unconditional openness that practice can lead us to is one where … beneath all the surface troubles of life there is actually a well-being. Last week’s message on the value or utility of practice may have come across as a bit baffling so I want to say a little more on the […]

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Given to a Zen Person

Mind itself is buddha. Practice is difficult. Explanation is not difficult. Not-mind. Not-buddha. Explanation is difficult. Practice is not difficult. ~ Dogen     From Chinese-style poems, translated by Philip Whalen and Kazuaki Tanahashi   Text from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi,  North Point Press, 1985.  Image: […]

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Message from Henry: Value

On the great road of Buddha ancestors there is always unsurpassable practice, continued and sustained.  ~Dogen We naturally like demonstrable value. In the case of meditation, what tangible benefits does it bring? It doesn’t matter if you happen to feel drawn to it – what will it actually do for you? Typically, apologists for meditation […]

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