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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 »
  • Creatively Engage Your Thoughts Paid Member

    I think one has to be careful not to think that meditation is about getting rid of thoughts. On the contrary, I would say that meditation helps us to creatively engage with our thoughts and not fixate on them. When people say they cannot concentrate I say “No no no, you are concentrating—too much on single thoughts!” I think it is interesting in meditation is to start to notice all the different places that our thoughts lead us—what distracts us and what occupies our minds. It is important to notice these things in meditation because these will be the same things that occupy our minds in daily life. As we become more familiar with our thoughts in meditation, we will see how repetitive they are. More »
  • Glimpsing the Wild Cow: Oxherding in the Wild West Paid Member

    Genju of 108zenbooks, in the midst of her own oxherding journey, points us to another amazing series of Oxherding pictures by Ruben Habito on the site of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. Pictured below is "Glimpsing the Wild Cow": The style is Western in two senses of the word. We should also mention that the first spot to go to when you're in need of some oxherding is Barry Briggs's blog, Ox Herding. More »