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    Sweetcake Enso at San Francisco Zen Center 4/29-5/29 Paid Member

    The traveling art exhibiton Sweetcake Enso, which visited several New York-area centers in the fall of 2010 before heading to the Village Zendo in January 2011 (when the area received a record three feet of snowfall, on top of nearly two feet that fell on December 26th) is setting up shop at San Francisco Zen Center tomorrow, April 29th until May 29th. The Artists' Reception will be tomorrow night from 7 PM to 9 PM. Read more about this month-long exhibition here. More »
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    New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Tricycle Paid Member

    The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care is holding an awards ceremony and silent auction this evening in New York City. Honorees include Dr. Diane Meier, Dr. Russell Portenoy, and Sharon Salzberg. Tricycle is pleased to be a media sponsor of this event. Read more about the ceremony here. NYZCCC was founded in 2006 by Zen Buddhist priests and chaplains Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell. The center provides compassionate care to the sick and the terminally ill and creates a supportive, nurturing environment for people to consciously face their illness and/or end-of-life journey. This work is done through direct care partnerships with leading healthcare providers in the New York area, caregiver and pastoral training programs, and by actively advocating for contemplative care at the national level. Since August 2007: More »
  • The Platform Sutra of Hui-neng Paid Member

    This edition of The Platform Sutra is another translation and close reading by Bill Porter, b.k.a. Red Pine. Clark Strand turned me onto his Heart Sutra, which I wrote about here. The Platform Sutra does not purport to be spoken by the Buddha, but rather is spoken by a buddha, Hui-neng, known as the Sixth patriarch of Zen or Chan Buddhism (and also called Huineng and in Japanese, Yeno or Eno.) The basic narrative that begins it is very well known, and runs something like this: The 5th Patriarch Hung-jen (or Hongren in a slightly newer anglicization) is growing old and asks his disciples to compose poems to demonstrate their understanding. Shen-hsiu, his best student, writes The body is a bodhi treeThe mind is like a standing mirroralways try to keep it cleandon't let it gather dust. More »
  • Zen Teachers write an open letter to Dennis Genpo Merzel Paid Member

    Dozens of Zen teachers have signed onto yet another letter to Dennis Genpo Merzel, imploring him to change his ways. With regret they note they have little hope he will. We received the letter today and it appears below, followed by Merzel's original letter of apology. A few of the signatories themselves have been directly linked to the mess or messes like it, as you may have read here, where we give some background to a series of recent revelations that rocked Zen communities. While the squeaky wheels in the White Plum Asangha have been getting all the oil lately, overlooked is the wonderful legacy of Maezumi Roshi, whatever his flaws, whose teachings continue to be passed along by his numerous heirs in thriving communities across the country. More »
  • Where is the ethical dimension of Buddhist meditation in Zen? Paid Member

    In a recent edition of The Eastern Buddhist, Professor Brian Victoria continues his criticism of the writings of D. T. Suzuki. (The article is here, in PDF. The Eastern Buddhist is published in Kyoto and the original organization was founded by D. T. Suzuki in the 1920s. TEB's openness to debate on Suzuki's writing and record is to be commended.)More »
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    shadow 4 from 108zenbooks Paid Member

    Every time I go to 108zenbooks I see—and read—something beautiful. This enso, "shadow 4", is stolen from there. Bows and thanks to Genju, the kind proprieter and artist. More »