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  • Just Right Paid Member

    Not so long ago I read the "new" Suzuki Roshi book, Not Always So (published in 2003.) I thought, wow, these guys did a great job, it's exactly like Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind! But when I picked up that book I saw the chapters (talks) were longer and the type was denser. I read Ed Brown's introduction or afterword and the methodology seemed sound, lots of smart people had spent a lot of time thinking about this and working hard on it, and the editors were at many if not all of the talks. Anyway, read it, it's great. You can buy it here. 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 »
  • What is Mindful Eating? Paid Member

    Mindful eating is a practice that engages all parts of us—our body, our heart, and our mind—in choosing, preparing, and eating food. It immerses us in the colors, textures, scents, tastes, and even sounds of drinking and eating. It allows us to be curious and even playful as we investigate our responses to food and our inner cues to hunger and satisfaction. Mindful eating is not based on anxiety about the future but directed by the actual choices that are in front of you and by your direct experiences of health while eating and drinking. Mindful eating replaces self-criticism with self-nurturing. It replaces shame with respect for your own inner wisdom. - Jan Chozen Bays, "Mindful Eating" (Summer 2009) Click here to read the complete article. More »
  • Who discovered tea? Paid Member

    Was it Bodhidharma (the Indians and Zen Buddhists think so) or Emperor Shen Nung (all of China thinks so) who discovered tea? The emperor found that it kept his soldiers alert, while Bodhidharma, marathon meditator that he was, discovered that it helped keep him awake in meditation (in his commitment to stay awake, Bodhidharma severed his eyelids, from which sprang forth the first tea plant). You decide whose uses are most noble. So who was it? It'll depend on where you are when you ask—in other words, there is no answer—but there are good and reliable tips for everything from choosing the right tea to brewing a cup to cleaning your teapot. More »
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    Angry Chef Paid Member

    Ed Brown has been practicing Buddhism—and cooking—for the past four decades. Author of The Tassajara Bread Book and subject of the documentary How to Cook Your Life, Brown is known to be, well, peevish, and Slashfood has now playfully dubbed him "the angry chef." Nice little writeup, take a look here. UPDATE: Forgot to mention the deluxe edition of the beloved classic Tassajara Bread Book, released in August by Shambhala Publications. Great Christmas gift! More »