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Sanbo (Three Treasures) Zen: Part 1 of 3

  Joan Rieck Roshi presented this piece at an international conference held at Tiantong Monastery in China in the Fall of 2014 – the very temple where Dogen had his great enlightenment experience of “body and mind falling away.” Sanbō Zen is an independent lay line of Zen Buddhism that blends elements of both the […]

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Newsletter: March 25, 2015

Only through the gateless gate of absolute zero does our real life spring forth most wonderfully: “the iron trees come into bloom.” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 25, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 2 of 6

The early Buddhist scriptures tend to be didactic and discursive, often familiar to us moderns in their reason and rationality. Yet even here defamiliarization is at work, not so much in the style as in the content. Click to read The Unfamiliar Familiar Part 1 The world is dynamic and changing; therein lies its freshness. […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 1 of 6

Learning to see the world anew “A fresh look and a fresh listen,” said Robert Frost of a good poem. “Read it a hundred times: it will for ever keep its freshness as a metal keeps its fragrance.” A poem may not show us anything new, but what we see, we see afresh, and what […]

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Newsletter: March 18, 2015

The clarity is what matters. And clarity in Zen can only come from depth of experience. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, March 18, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on this site (see Subscribe/Connect). Greetings […]

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Pink Panther Practice

Here’s what we can do: hand it all over to the Dharma, to the practice. This tangle is just too much. Please take it. I don’t know how popular the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers were in the US in the 1970s, but in the UK they were big, and we couldn’t wait for […]

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Making the Buddha but Forgetting the Soul

Let’s not overlook this: meeting the world, opening to beauty, living out of love rather than rigidity – this is the “soul” we might forget if we are too focused on practice on the cushion, and on the insights and experiences Zen can open up. Let’s not make Buddha but forget the soul. The last […]

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Invention and Discovery

It’s (the Dharma) a condition not a discovery..If we then turn it into a thing, we have invented something: and at the same time we have invented a self that made the invention. In religions, the boundless, formless, ever-loving freedom that we humans can discover in the midst of our troubled lives, is turned into […]

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Beautiful Storm: Part 3 of 3

It seems too much to hope that right in the heart of our troubled selves there might actually be the healing we seek. Beautiful Storm: Finding the hidden remedies in our troubles selves Click to read Beautiful Storm Part 1 of 3. Click to read Beautiful Storm Part 2 of 3. In the course of […]

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