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  • The Obon Festival, honoring the dead, and the last of the Japantowns Paid Member

    The Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist three-day observance during which families honor their deceased ancestors. According to scholar and Shin priest Alfred Bloom, The Obon observance has deep roots in Asian ancestor cults from India to Japan. It is based on the legend of the monk Mogallana's rescue of his mother from the hell of hungry ghosts. The story dramatizes the son's anxiety for his mother's welfare after her death and how it was resolved through Buddhist practice. Practicing meditation, Mogallana gained spiritual insight and vision, which enabled him to see his mother's true condition. He then asked the Buddha how to free her from her suffering. More »
  • Meditation comic: Still tongues don't swallow Paid Member

    Among the many difficulties encountered during meditation: tongue placement. Image from Sit Illustrated © 2010 Sunship Productions http://sitillustrated.com/ More »
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    Entering the Marketplace Paid Member

    that which you are With "showing up," Genju of 108zenbooks concludes her Oxherding series. We'd like to thank her again for allowing us to share in her journey. Daido Roshi comments, in Path of Enlightenment: Although the moment of realization is just that, a moment, the process of studying the self and clarifying the nature of reality doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't even end with the old sage. It continues endlessly. The spiritual practice of Zen is a ceaseless practice. More »
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    Returning to the Source Paid Member

    returning to the source Number 9 of 108zenbooks' Oxherding series, in which Genju discovers love, include Thich Nhat Hanh's first love. Very beautiful, please go read it. Daido Roshi comments, in Path of Enlightenment: "Having returned to the source the effort is over." Basically, life is uncomplicated. Very true. More »
  • Paintings of the 10th Karmapa Paid Member

    Himalayan Art Resources' Jeff Watt writes: Probably one of the most famous Tibetan contemporary artists of his time was the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674). Take a look. More »
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    Transcending the Ox Paid Member

    going beyond Part 8 of Genju's Oxherding series. Gate gate... Daido Roshi commentary from Path of Enlightenment: The eighth stage is marked by the complete falling away of body and mind. The ox and the person are gone. Self and other are forgotten. More »