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  • Green Koans: One-Page Dharma Paid Member

    The Venerable Kyobutsu said: “Words of the Dharma for the person aspiring to the world beyond will not exceed a single page.” BACKGROUND: Kyobutsu—A 13th century Japanese hijiri (wanderer monk). In spite of the fact that he is the most well-represented figure in the Ichigon-hodan (“One-Word Talks Fragrant with the Dharma”), the most famous collection of Pure Land teachings from the Kamakura period, little is known of his life. Words of the Dharma—Written teachings, either the sutras themselves or the writings of later Buddhist masters. More »
  • “Forest bathing” keeps you healthy Paid Member

    Studies show that spending more time in natural settings—forests, parks, and places with trees—improves the immune system. According an article in the New York Times, this is due to both stress reduction and chemicals that plants emit to protect them from rotting and insects called phytoncides. Exposure to phytoncides appears to lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol (a stress hormone), among other things. Many of these studies are taking place in Japan, where the practice of visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect is called Shinrin-yoku. More »
  • The cultural vacuum and variant genes Paid Member

    "I worked in hospices for over seventeen years, and I never heard a dying patient wish she had spent more time at work." - Rodney Smith, Stepping Out of Self-Deception More »
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    Actual Tomatoes Paid Member

    I'm growing tomatoes on my balcony. The latest development is actual tomatoes! This one got redder and was joined by two others. There are several in various stages of green-orangeness. The main problem with the overall plant's growth is lack of superstructure. Next summer I'll get one of those green wire fences to give the vines something to cling to (see the wooden stake, found on the street downstairs, as part of a feeble attempt to provide same.) More »
  • Whole Life Offering Week 2, and Water Links Paid Member

    It's Week 2 of Bonnie Myotai Treace's Tricycle Retreat "Whole Life Offering." Haven't seen her Week 2 video? More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace on Generosity and Attention Paid Member

    Week 2 of Bonnie Myotai Treace's Tricycle Retreat begins today. In this week's talk she elaborates on last week's theme of generosity and introduces the theme of attention. While stressing the importance of attention in practice she tells a story of a Japanese Emperor that visited a Zen master asking for a great teaching.  In response to the Emperor's request the master painted a calligraphy of the character for 'attention.' The Emperor thanked him but stated he was looking for more of a teaching than one simple character. Upon being asked to elaborate on this teaching, the master's response was simply to once again paint the character on another piece of paper and hand it to him.  This apparently went on for quite some time.  Eventually the Emperor saw that this repetitive action WAS the great teaching—that one must come back to attention again and again and again. More »