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Beautiful Storm: Part 1 of 3

The Kuna believe that a violent storm is a being that has lost its way, blundering about blindly, desperate to get its bearings once more. Beautiful Storm: Finding the hidden remedies in our troubled selves One night some 16 years ago, while on a writing assignment in Central America, I got caught by a violent […]

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Newsletter: February 25, 2015

…the Dharma, the great “fact,” functions flawlessly… It is a “perfect mirror,” as Joshu says. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, February 25, 2015, 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 the bottom of any other page on this […]

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Wrongness and the Blues

Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so, said Shakespeare. When we’re depressed, or despairing, depondent, down or we’ve got the blues, the blah’s, feeling browned off… we often tend condemn circumstances as being wrong, not the way they ought to be. And we tend to condemn ourselves as likewise being wrong, not […]

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Self Improvement

We believe ourselves to be solid and separate “lumps of ice.” Don’t expect to be perfect. As we know, Zen is not about self-improvement. Zen may indeed help to alleviate some of the things we dislike about ourselves, but that is not its real purpose. Rather, give it time and diligence, constancy and faith, and […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 5 of 5

Koans, too, return us to our daily lives. This is surely why Salinger used one as the epigraph to one of his greatest books: It was in harmony with the thrust of his tender, farreaching morality. Click to read: Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, and Part 4 of How to Be in the World. […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 4 of 5

Mu soon opened me up: suddenly, one evening… the world vanished; there was nothing at all. I remember thinking: all this training of the mind, yet there is no mind! There’s absolutely nothing! Not a speck in the sky. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2  and Part 3 and Part 5 of 5 of […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 3 of 5

“To study the self is to forget the self,” said Dogen. If you try to find who you really are, you may discover you’re not there at all. Dogen also said: “To forget oneself is to be actualized by all things.” Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 4 and Part 5 of […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 2 of 5

Dogen said: “Directly upon encountering the dharma, we will abandon the law of the world.” Click to read Part 1 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 of 5 of How to Be in the World.. Salinger became an entry point into the dharma for me in two ways. First, that inherent seeking manifest […]

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How to Be in the World: Part 1 of 5

How to Be in the World: J.D. Salinger and a Zen Koan for Authenticity Click to read Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 of 5 of How to Be in the World. “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” J. D. Salinger inscribed in the opening pages of Nine Stories. […]

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