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Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans, by Ruben Habito, Part 1 of 3

This first fruit of Zen is about con-centration…coming together toward the center of one’s being or centering… The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that takes one entirely by surprise, accompanied by spontaneous outbursts […]

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Breaking Ground

After three years of planning, we are now ready to begin improving and expanding our facilities. Photo from our January 14 Ceremony of blessing…. taken by John Braman We will start with much needed upgrades to our infrastructure in order to meet Santa Fe County Codes, so that we can continue to use our land […]

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Message from Henry: The Great Way

When we taste the great way, we know that falsehood is an impossibility – all is already revealed, in intimacy and completeness. This piece continues Henry’s discussion of the six paramitas. Each paramita is a pointer to the great way. It perfectly embodies it. By following its guidance, we can find the reality of the […]

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The Practice of Zen, By Ruben Habito

Enjoy these wise words from Roshi Ruben Habito, Sanbo Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. This piece is taken from the MKZC website. As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in […]

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Henry

Message from Henry: Sila

…the practice makes us stand for various things, two of which fall under this second paramita – namely, truth (so far as it can be ascertained) and kindness. The second paramita is sila – ethical living, practicing restraint, especially refraining from the five grave errors, namely killing, stealing, lying, misusing sex, and intoxication. Politics, naturally, […]

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Message from Henry: Six Paramitas

…they (paramitas) are actually based on a deep acceptance of imperfection. A little exploration of the six paramitas… the so-called “perfections,” or virtues, or qualities, or good approaches to practice. Right off the bat, since these qualities or attributes are called “perfections,” the first thing to acknowledge is that they are actually based on a […]

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