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Newsletter: May 27, 2015

Our practice is a kind of experiential science, a personal science. The science of authentic self-discovery, as passed down by Zen through many generations. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 27, 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 […]

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Don’t Go There: Part 3 of 3

But as hardness melted in the dharma of the sesshin, it became clear that forgiveness was a larger force than any one of us, and that as long as I believed myself to be the bestower or withholder of it, I could not truly forgive anything at all Click to read Part 1 and Part […]

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Don’t Go There: Part 2 of 3

It began to seem to me that a friendship, an intimate relationship, had been ruined, destroyed perhaps forever, by a frenzy of madness, a ruthless orgy of industrialized murder. Was it possible that today, now, what mattered more than the millions of murders was the broken relationship and its healing? Click to read Don’t Go […]

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Newsletter: May 20, 2015

The center is not tethered any more. The bearings and handholds are gone. And that’s just fine. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 20, 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). […]

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Don’t Go There: Part 1of 3

As a Jew and a Briton, Henry Shukman had avoided all things German. As a Buddhist, he knew he had to say yes when his teacher asked him to teach at a zendo in the Black Forest. This is his journey. When I first reached Sonnenhof, I thought I had stepped into a Tang Dynasty landscape […]

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The Dharma of Alienation: Part 2 of 2

In response to the delusion of separation and alienation, Buddhist teachings emphasize interconnectedness. Overcoming Alienation  All the above (click to read Dharma of Alienation Part 1) is an effort to understand some of the factors that cause people today, especially young people, to feel isolated and alienated. By emphasizing these issues, I do not mean […]

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Newsletter: May 12, 2015

…we should live in intimate reliance on one thing only: “care for skillful states” – meaning practicing the path” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 12, 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 Dharma of Alienation: Part 1 of 2

New media technologies sometimes encourage a kind of “hyper-individualism” because we spend less and less time meeting and interacting with other people – often not even with members of our own families. We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.  – Thich Nhat Hanh The English word “alienation” is from a Latin […]

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Newsletter: May 5, 2015

The insight was stunning. I began to realize what daydreaming had done for me — and to me….” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 5, 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 […]

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