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  • Buddhist named U.S. Poet Laureate Paid Member

    Yesterday, the US Library of Congress named W.S. Merwin as the country's Poet Laureate. Merwin, who moved to Hawaii in 1976 to study Zen with Robert Aitken, is a longtime Buddhist and a prolific writer. His appointment is timely: As a nature writer and an environmental activist, Merwin has the power to call attention to America's wars and the devastation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times reports: More »
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    Transcending the Ox Paid Member

    going beyond Part 8 of Genju's Oxherding series. Gate gate... Daido Roshi commentary from Path of Enlightenment: The eighth stage is marked by the complete falling away of body and mind. The ox and the person are gone. Self and other are forgotten. More »
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    Thich Nhat Hanh on Solitude Paid Member

    Being alone means you are established firmly in the here and the now and you become aware of what is happening in the present moment. You use your mindfulness to become aware of every feeling, every perception you have. You’re aware of what’s happening around you in the sangha, but you’re always with yourself, you don’t lose yourself. That’s the Buddha’s definition of the ideal practice of solitude: not to be caught in the past or carried away by the future, but always to be here, body and mind united, aware of what is happening in the present moment. That is real solitude. - Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Matter Image: Deer Park Monastery More »
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    Forgetting the Ox Paid Member

    dissolving the Ox Part 7 of 108zenbooks' beautiful and haunting Oxherding pictures (and poems.) Daido Roshi: The struggle has ended. A sense of peacefulness and relaxation pervades. The world is illuminated and feeling of bliss permeates it. The ox is gone, but the person remains. More »
  • Martine Batchelor on Breaking Bad Habits, Week 4 Paid Member

    Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns," is now in its fourth and final week. but don't worry if you've missed the previous three teachings! You can watch the first talk here, and if you're a Tricycle Community Sustaining Member, you can watch all the talks from past and present retreats. More »
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    Riding the Ox Home Paid Member

    going home Number Six of Genju's haunting and beautiful Oxherding pics at 108zenbooks. She's also creating poems to accompany the images—you can see them at her site. In lieu of my personal commentary (which I'll save until I produce some oxherding pictures of my own—don't worry, it won't be soon!) I'm quoting elliptically from Daido Roshi's commentary in the book Path of Enlightenment: More »