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Newsletter: April 8, 2015

It’s part of Zen’s great and simple beauty that it is inherently ready to self-destruct. It’s a self-destructing system. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, April 8, 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 […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 4 of 6

The scriptures do not merely speak about the deconstruction of preconception; they enact it. Click to read The Unfamiliar Familiar Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In the early Buddhist texts, defamiliarization is established in the content of what is said; in the later Mahayana teachings of the early first millennium C.E., it tends […]

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The Unfamiliar Familiar: Part 3 of 6

This kind of disbanding of an assumption—whether of something as fundamental as our sense of self, or merely of a preconception about a classical poet—can bring about a radical new openness. Click to read The Unfamiliar Familiar Part 1 and Part 2. In John Keats’s sonnet “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer,” the poet dramatizes […]

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Sanbo (Three Treasures) Zen: Part 3 of 3

Joan Rieck 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.”  Click to Read Sanbo Zen: Part 1 and Part 2 Yasutani Roshi’s organization Sanbō Kyōdan was legally recognized as […]

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Sanbo (Three Treasures) Zen: Part 2 of 3

Joan Rieck 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.”  Click to Read Sanbo Zen: Part 1. Yasutani Haku’un (1885-1973) is the official founder of Sanbō Zen, an […]

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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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