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Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans, by Ruben Habito, Part 1 of 3

This first fruit of Zen is about con-centration…coming together toward the center of one’s being or centering… The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that takes one entirely by surprise, accompanied by spontaneous outbursts […]

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Message from Henry: The Great Way

When we taste the great way, we know that falsehood is an impossibility – all is already revealed, in intimacy and completeness. This piece continues Henry’s discussion of the six paramitas. Each paramita is a pointer to the great way. It perfectly embodies it. By following its guidance, we can find the reality of the […]

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The Practice of Zen, By Ruben Habito

Enjoy these wise words from Roshi Ruben Habito, Sanbo Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. This piece is taken from the MKZC website. As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in […]

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Message from Henry: Sila

…the practice makes us stand for various things, two of which fall under this second paramita – namely, truth (so far as it can be ascertained) and kindness. The second paramita is sila – ethical living, practicing restraint, especially refraining from the five grave errors, namely killing, stealing, lying, misusing sex, and intoxication. Politics, naturally, […]

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Message from Henry: Six Paramitas

…they (paramitas) are actually based on a deep acceptance of imperfection. A little exploration of the six paramitas… the so-called “perfections,” or virtues, or qualities, or good approaches to practice. Right off the bat, since these qualities or attributes are called “perfections,” the first thing to acknowledge is that they are actually based on a […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 3 of 4, by David Loy

Most fundamentally, Buddhism is about awakening, which means realizing something about the constructedness of the sense of self and the nothing at its core. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of The Suffering of Self. How does our repressed sense of unreality return to consciousness? As a feeling that there is something missing or lacking […]

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Message from Henry: Middle Way

Our emotional habits are part of an imaginary house we have constructed out of empty elements. However much we may dislike some of them, they are part of our illusion of “safety.” Actually that safety is full of imagined threat and anxiety. If we would only see through it and let it go, we would […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 2 of 4, by David Loy

A lot of social interaction is about reassuring each other and ourselves that we’re all really okay even though inside we feel that we’re not. Read Part 1 of The Suffering of Self But why is a constructed sense of self so uncomfortable? “My” sense of self is composed of mostly habitual ways of perceiving, […]

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