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  • Vast is the robe of liberation Paid Member

    Today we begin the fourth and final week of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara's Tricycle Retreat, "Ease and Joy in Your Practice and Life." This week's teaching is called "The World is Vast and Wide," a reference to a well-known Zen koan. The discussion has already started this week, with a commenter discussing Roshi's experience on a homeless retreat of the type run by Bernie Glassman. The commenter says: More »
  • Real Happiness 28-Day Meditation Challenge, Day 22 Paid Member

    I was looking forward to sitting in the office today. But when the time came my thoughts kept circling back to the various sex scandals whose echoes are ricocheting around the Zen community. It is depressing to think that we can't seem to keep sex out of the zendo. Articles like this from the New York Times make it seem like our lives are dominated by the sex instinct, no matter what our preferences are. So however civilized we may seem, we really haven't gone far at all from our days in the caves, the trees, the bottom of the ocean. Thanissaro Bhikkhu said: More »
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    Sex in the Sangha: Apparently, we still haven't had enough Paid Member

    The sex scandals that have rocked the Zen communities in recent weeks are pretty depressing. First it was Eido Shimano, whose exposure on the internet was followed up by a New York Times report. Zen teacher John Tarrant is now under fire for writing an obit for the late Aitken Roshi. Aitken had disowned Tarrant for what Aitken considered credible allegations of sexual indiscretions with students, and also criticized Tarrant's teaching style and conduct as a therapist. So Tarrant didn't win any points with Aitken's Diamond Sangha for what they considered a veiled attack on their teacher. More »
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    Recommendations from Forty-Four Zen Teachers Paid Member

    The following email was received earlier this week. The message it contained is reproduced below in full. UPDATE: Kanzeon Zen Center responds here. ------- We, the undersigned Zen Buddhist teachers, endorse these recommendations to the Kanzeon Zen Center Board, and to whatever body governs the Big Mind trainings regarding the rehabilitation of Genpo Merzel after his recent admission of sexual misconduct with students. Because this repeats a pattern of more than 30 years, many of those signing on to these recommendations would prefer more stringent measures. We agree, however, that Genpo should take a leave of absence from teaching in any capacity. Furthermore, the appropriateness of his return to functioning as a teacher in any capacity should be determined by a therapist who is an expert in the field of misconduct of this nature. More »
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    Turn into the Skid Paid Member

    Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, from the week 2 teaching of her Tricycle Retreat, "Joy in the Midst of Suffering," More »
  • Joy in the Midst of Suffering: Week 2 of Enkyo Roshi's Tricycle Retreat Paid Member

    We're now entering the second week of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara's Tricycle Retreat, "Ease and Joy in Your Practice in Life," in which we're challenged to find joy not only in our meditation or practice, but also in our lives. This week's teaching, "Joy in the Midst of Suffering," wrestles with the question of how we are to feel joy (that "leaping quality" as Enkyo Roshi puts it) when we are surrounded by suffering in our own families, communities, and the world at large. A discussion follows the teaching. In this week's discussion, one retreatant writes, "i must say i follow the river of suffering with judgement." Are you adding another dimension to suffering by judging it, and your reaction to it? More »