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Yasodhara and the Buddha – Book Reading and Discussion

Join us for this event at 10am MT,  immediately follow our Sunday morning 9am sit in our Virtual Zendo. This well-researched novel is about Yasodhara, the wife of Siddhartha, Shakyamuni, imagines her experience from a feminist perspective. Since this event is a discussion about the book, Vanessa asks that attendees read some or all of the novel prior to […]

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Message from Henry: Understanding

…when “understanding” no longer has its claws in us, and we are free… It can be tempting to go through life at the leading edge of our understanding, always thinking that we have seen and understood all there is to understand. The Zen way is best followed with a different attitude – that most likely […]

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Dharma Talks from Valentine’s Weekend Introduction to Meditation Retreat, 2021

Zen is awakening to the dynamic reality of the present moment…..Zen is finding love in all things at all times. ~ Ruben Habito Valerie’s first talk from our Valentine’s weekend Intro retreat explores Zen practice from the mind of compassion and curiosity. Valerie looks at the Buddhist origin story – Shakyamuni’s awakening – and she […]

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Message from Henry: The Non-Domesticated Dharma

We allow the vast unknown, the beyond-wild energy of the Dharma to take us over. Attempts to domesticate the Dharma seem misguided and sad. The true Dharma is wild, powerful and unknowable. It can’t be domesticated. Nor can it be commercialized. Any efforts to turn it into a lifestyle product end up selling something different. […]

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Virtual Retreat: Full Moon, Clear Mirror, February 25-28

Join us for a virtual online meditation retreat Full Moon, Clear Mirror led by Valerie Forstman  February 25-28: Thursday morning – Sunday Afternoon Suggested payment is $125-$300. Give generously as you are able, or pay any amount that you can reasonably afford This four-day virtual retreat includes talks, Q&A, sitting together, easy relaxing body practice, meditation guidance, and […]

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Video – Maria Reis Habito, Nansen Kills the Cat

Guest speaker Maria Reis Habito’s teisho explores Case 14 from the Gateless Gate, Nansen Kills the Cat. She looks at this koan from a compassionate perspective about how to become “unstuck.” Maria is Sanbo Zen teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX and international program director for the Museum of World Religions in […]

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