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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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    Statement from Zen Studies Society Paid Member

    Last week we indicated we'd contacted the Zen Studies Society (ZSS) regarding Eido Shimano Roshi's status at the organization. The President of ZSS's board sent the following statement in response: We are grateful beyond words for the incomparable gift of Eido Roshi's Dharma treasure,  and for his unstinting efforts to root Rinzai Zen Buddhism in American soil. Ever at home in the unconditional realm he spurs us to go beyond the relative vista. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the world of causation. On July 4, 2010, Eido Shimano Roshi  stepped down from the board of directors of the Zen Studies Society (ZSS). This was prompted by allegations of clergy misconduct. The ZSS is committed to fully investigating, clarifying and bringing resolution to this matter. More »
  • "Buddhism, Reconciliation And Auschwitz: An Interview With Zen Master Bernie Glassman" VIA HuffPost Paid Member

    There are few people in the world who have done as much for the advancement of Socially Engaged Buddhism as Bernie Glassman.  As a teenager I had the privilege of working for a summer at the Greyston Foundation, a fantastic community development/outreach network in Yonkers, NY that Mr.There are few people in the world who have done as much for the advancement of socially engaged Buddhism as Bernie Glassman.  As a teenager I had the privilege of working for a summer at the Greyston Foundation, a fantastic community development/outreach network in Yonkers, NY that Mr. More »
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    Eido Shimano Roshi and Dai Bosatsu Paid Member

    In May, Robert Aitken Roshi published the following on his blog: This is an open letter to Eido Tai Shimano Roshi: Dear Tai San, There are many reports of your abuse of women published on the web which indicate that you have been involved in breaking the precepts over a period of more than 40 years. I would like to urge you to come forth and make a statement in response to these accusations. Sincerely yours, Robert Aitken A flurry of comments followed. 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 »