Featured Articles and Journals: zen

June 12, 2016
A modern koan -- Question:  Do you have Buddha Nature?  Answer:  Well, duh. The concept of "Buddha Nature" is often difficult to understand, but it is a radically optimistic doctrine.  It says that not only are we responsible for...
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January 4, 2016
For the new year, I was asked to write a letter to my Zen teacher, requesting him to continue teaching for another year. I’ve never done anything like this, so I copied the suggested wording (which I actually really liked, formal though it was) and...
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April 27, 2015
For some, taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is not abstraction.  It’s front-and-center reality.  But what if that refuge is breached?
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December 16, 2014
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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September 10, 2014
Reddit, founded in 2005 and the dominant site of its kind since at least 2010, bills itself as “the front page of the internet.” It has a tiny staff - most of the lifting is done by hundreds of thousands of active “redditors” who post, comment, and...
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July 23, 2014
I used to be scared to fly when I was a kid, but now takeoffs and landings are my favorite parts of a flight. I've been on many planes in the past few years, seen a lot of takeoffs and landings, and truth be told, you can't see much detail from 2,...
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April 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
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March 28, 2014
It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed at how a song I’d always loved so much could...
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February 28, 2014
When a bird flies over a pond on a clear sunny day, you can look down at that pond and see a reflection of this as it’s happening: you can expect to see a mirror image of the sun shining brightly and the bird flying overhead in real time. This makes...
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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January 10, 2014
As a young boy I prayed to God every night, begging him to transform me into a superhero. I was very specific with this request and told him I’d settle for just two superpowers: the ability to fly and superhuman strength. Why? Because I was 10...
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January 3, 2014
We’re often being pressured to try any number detox diets, fasting programs, and master cleanses that promise to rid our bodies of toxins, shed pounds of unwanted body fat, increase our energy levels, and heighten our senses. Improved health,...
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December 27, 2013
I'm not a big fan of the word "resolution" because there's something very rigid about it, and goal-setting in the usual sense can set you up for failure and frustration. Having an intention, however, is like planting some seeds with the...
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December 24, 2013
For most of us, this is an extremely charged time of year, emotionally and otherwise. The pressure and the expectations around Christmas and New Year’s Eve are intense enough to tempt even the most tranquil of Buddhas among us...
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December 18, 2013
 Ven. Robina Courtin says that anger is “the response to when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” Surprised was I, then, to find that this applies to cats as well as humans.
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December 16, 2013
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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December 11, 2013
My passion for travel has ignited in the past few years; according to this fun graph, I'm a “Culture Vulture” and an “Action Addict”. Why do I travel? There are the typical reasons: seeing the world, experiencing different cultures first-hand,...
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December 6, 2013
Recently I received an email from someone who's about to ordain as a Zen monk in a different order than mine in another country that's very much like our own. His questions brought up a lot of important issues that apply not only to those of us who...
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December 6, 2013
Recently I received an email from someone who's about to ordain as a Zen monk in a different order than mine in another country that's very much like our own. His questions brought up a lot of important issues that apply not only to those of us who...
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November 15, 2013
I’ve been very sick all week with an upper respiratory infection, which made practicing the way I normally do -- seated upright on a cushion with my hands joined just under my navel -- nearly impossible. It’s hard to follow your breath when you can’...
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by Joren
November 6, 2013
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November 1, 2013
I once said to Zen Master Seung Sahn, "Sonsa-nim, life has no meaning!" He replied to me, "Yeah! Life has no meaning, but no meaning is BIG meaning and you must find this point." It took many years for me to understand this teaching. -...
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October 4, 2013
  I’m making a grave error by committing these words to a blog post, because the very act of doing so implies that my words alone can help you. I fear that you might hold onto these words which would be a huge mistake, because words that are...
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