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Newsletter: December 30, 2014

“Causes and conditions are all quietly and peacefully obeying the natural law of Dharma, without agency and without fretting, resistance or objection.  Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, December 30, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to […]

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Radical Acceptance

  Slowly we are being pulled into the center and core of our being. We are gently coming to know our “kokoro” – our heart-mind, our core – ever more intimately. In Zen, the slower we go the sooner we get there. The “goal” is not out there. Maybe it’s better to think of ourselves […]

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Teachers

The tree is the self. The day it falls is the day we let ourselves go, and drop into a vast truth that has been with us all along yet which we didn’t see.. I’m sure there are people out there who don’t need a teacher but I’m so happy I’m not one of them. […]

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Job

Is it really possible to resolve our human life in spite of all the losses we face? In a sense, the Bible story of Job is a story of awakening. After repeated assaults on all the outward conditions of Job’s life—his family, his friends, his flocks—after losing everything he valued, he finally discovers there is […]

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Holiday Schedule Changes

Hello Friends, Some schedule changes for the holidays…. Intro to Zen Class:  No intro classes on Dec 24th and 31st. Class resumes January 7th. Wednesday evening sit:  No regular sit on the 24th; On New Years Eve, December 31, the Rinzai group will lead a ceremony which includes having a member from each group lead […]

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Parents

… it became clear how very much I owed my birth parents. I was grateful to them in a way I never had been before…. They had given me the greatest opportunity of all, a human life. Yasutani Roshi said this about his mother’s life story: My mother’s family fell more and more into poverty […]

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Newsletter: December 17, 2014

“The clarification of life and death—this is Buddhism’s most important concern.” — Dogen Zen is not just a matter of sitting ourselves down on the “seat of enlightenment” …and hoping for the best. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, December 17, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to […]

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Rohatsu

We had a wonderful Rohatsu sesshin earlier this month with over thirty participants embracing deep silence.   Thank you to all particpants, much gratitude to the zendo team and a very deep gassho to our teacher Henry Shukman.   

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Dharma Adaptation

We are very attached to our selves and their desires and loves and fears. Yes, we have to find ways for Dharma practice to adapt to western culture… But the far greater project is our own adapting to the Dharma. Otherwise, why bother? Some fruits of meditation are easier to accept than others. Who wouldn’t want […]

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Art and Dharma

  Something wants to be born… Some masters speak of the spiritual quest as a pregnancy. We may think we’re trying to resolve things for ourselves, find out who we really are, what this life is, but those are only symptoms. The pregnancy is not a metaphor. Something wants to be born. Writers and artists […]

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