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    Strict Practice Paid Member

    Student: Would you explain more what you mean by "strict practice"? Suzuki Roshi: Strict practice? Things are already going in a very strict way. There is no exception. Wherever there is something, there is some rule or truth behind it that is always strictly controlling it, without any exception. We think we care for freedom, but the other side of freedom is strict rule. Within the strict rule there is complete freedom. Freedom and strict rule are not two separate things. Originally we are supported by strict rules or truths. That is the other side of absolute freedom. Student: Could you give us more examples that apply to our individual lives? Suzuki Roshi: When you get up you should just get up. When everyone sleeps you should sleep. That is my example. More »
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    Thin Places Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma: There is a term in the Celtic tradition that I find resonates with something fundamental about Zen practice. The Celts spoke of “thin places,” places like caves or wells or other special sites where the boundary between the mundane and magical was permeable. To me, Zen practice offers a kind of thin place, a “place” where we can discover that there is fundamentally no separation between ourselves and others, that what we seek is always so close, always right here. Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, An Introduction to Zen (Spring 2009) Read the full article: An Introduction to Zen More »
  • Buddhist Teachers on Facebook Paid Member

    A 10-second history of the internet: First, there was a Big Bang (millions of individual little websites spewing out randomly into a vast virtual cosmos) followed by a Big Crunch (everybody slamming together onto social networking sites) then evolution (various websites fighting for survival and the top spot in a brutal Darwinian mess). In recent years, Facebook, having all but slain its feebler and shallower rival MySpace, has emerged the victor in this evolutionary struggle and now boasts over over 500,000,000 active users, about one eighth of the entire planet's population. More »
  • 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 »