• The Haiku Corner Turns 5-7-5... Paid Member

    Kudos and congratulations to the biggest little discussion group on the Tricycle Community: the Haiku Corner, mindfully minded by our great good friend Gary Gach. Very soon (if it hasn't already) the Haiku Corner's discussion will reach its 575th page (that's nearly 7,000 posts)! Gary tells me that 5-7-5 means something in haiku-speak—who knows. You can visit the Tricycle Community here. You can go directly to the Haiku Corner here, but you need to be a member of the Tricycle Community in order to do that—it's easy to join, and free! Or—contribute your own haiku right here! Thanks again, Gary, and all the crazy wisdom haiku poets contributing to this dialogue! We're very happy you're spinning your sibilant syllables with us! More »
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    Press Release from Zen Studies Society - Updated Paid Member

    UPDATED: See second press release below. (See also these previous posts: Statement from Zen Studies Society, and Eido Shimano Roshi and Dai Bosatsu.) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Organization:  Zen Studies Society: Dai Bosatsu International Zendo in NY, Shobo-JI in NYC Contact: Joe (Soun) Dowling, Board President Phone: 646 704 3405 Email: joedwl@aol.com Pertinent Web site: http://www.daibosatsu.org/ethical.html Zen Studies Society Announces Ethics Investigation The Zen Studies Society (ZSS) recently revised and posted updated Guidelines for Ethical Behavior, including a grievance procedure, (www.daibosatsu.org/ethical.html).  Late in June of this year, a woman revealed that there was an i More »
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    More Inklings Paid Member

    We've written before about Dairyu Michael Wenger's wonderful Inklings from his blog of the same name. Here are some more for you, to brighten your August: Koan Solved: More »
  • Top Seven Challenges of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism Paid Member

    The following seven challenges were expressed by participants at the first major Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism taking place August 9-14, 2010.  The event is hosted by the Zen Peacemakers and you could check out detailed coverage of the Symposium at the Bearing Witness Blog. More »
  • Diamond Sangha Obituary for Aitken Roshi Paid Member

    This Aitken Roshi obituary comes our way from the good people at the Honolulu Diamond Sangha, the lay Zen organization that Robert Aitken founded with his wife Anne Hopkins Aitken in 1959. Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010) Aitken Gyoun Roshi, beloved teacher and founder of the Diamond Sangha, died August 5 in Honolulu at the age of 93. Although he had been in declining health for many years and was confined to a wheelchair, he continued to be active, attending weekly zazen at Palolo Zen Center, where he lived his final years, and working virtually to the minute his caregiver drove him to the hospital emergency room. Born Robert Baker Aitken in Philadelphia, he moved to Honolulu at the age of five with his parents and younger brother, when his father, an anthropologist, joined the ethnology field staff of Bishop Museum. After growing up largely in Hawaii (with several intervals in California, living with one set of grandparents or another), at the outbreak of the war in the Pacific he was captured on Guam, where he had been working as a civilian. His amazingly fortuitous introduction to Zen came during his ensuing years of internment in Japan, through a fellow internee, the British writer R.H. Blyth. After his release, Aitken Roshi resumed his interrupted college studies at the University of Hawaii, graduating in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He returned to the university for a master’s in Japanese studies, which he received in 1950, and his thesis, concerning Zen’s influence on the great haiku poet Basho, later became the basis of his first book, A Zen Wave. Between his degrees, he married society-page columnist Mary Laune, and the two of them lived briefly in California, where Roshi started graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles and began Zen practice with Nyogen Senzaki, a disciple of Shaku Soen Zenji and himself a returnee from internment by the United States. Although he revered Senzaki Sensei and quoted him fondly ever after, this first stretch of practice with him was short lived, and Roshi’s next step, on the advice of D.T. Suzuki, was to go to Japan to practice. More »