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    Gary Snyder and “the Most Dangerous Man in America” Paid Member

    Most people know that in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg, an American military analyst who Henry Kissinger dubbed “the most dangerous man in America,” leaked the Pentagon Papers, an act that became one of the most decisive catalysts in ending the Vietnam War. But what many people don’t know is that Ellsberg’s decision to release the papers was, in part, a consequence of his conversations with the Zen Buddhist poet Gary Snyder in Japan more than a decade earlier. More »
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    37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, Verse 1 Paid Member

    Right now, you have a good boat, fully equipped and available—hard to find. To free others and you from the sea of samsara, Day and night, fully alert and present, Study, reflect, and meditate—this is the practice of a bodhisattva. Commentary By Ken McLeod More »
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    It Was Worth It Paid Member

    Case Seisen Fletcher was angered upon reading the Buddha’s statement that his allowing women to ordain would put Buddhism back 500 years. She went to Maezumi Roshi to ask him about it. After a few moments he said: “Well, it was worth it.”Commentary Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931–1995) studied in and transmitted three teaching streams: the Soto Zen lineage of his father, the Rinzai Zen lineage of Koryu Osaka Roshi, and the Harada- Yasutani blend of Soto and Rinzai in which koan training is emphasized. He founded the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1967 and had many disciples. He ordained Seisen Fletcher, who received dharma transmission from Tetsugen Glassman (a successor to Maezumi Roshi) in 1998. More »
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    The Path Paid Member

    Just this          is the path—there is no other—to purify vision.          Follow it,and that will be Mara's          bewilderment.Following it,you put an endto suffering and stress.I have taught you this pathhaving known—for your knowing—the extraction of arrows.It's for you to strive          ardently.Tathagatas simplypoint out the way.Those who practice,absorbed in jhana:           from Mara's bonds           they'll be freed. More »
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    Ochre and Blue Paid Member

    Waking to ochre birch leavessinking in the blue undersea of dawn,I swim in the same currents,needing nothing.Later I'll forget this,and mourn the end of autumn.What's left to be saidabout being human?Chase Twichell's most recent book is Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010). She is a student at Zen Mountain Monastery.Image: Photograph by Corey Kohn More »
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    Humanized Once More Paid Member

    Before arriving in New York City almost 56 years ago, the 15-foot bronze statue pictured on the cover stood in a park in Hiroshima, Japan, just over a mile from ground zero of the atomic bomb blast of August 6, 1945. Unlike most of the buildings in the city, the bronze figure of Shinran Shonin (12th–13th century)— the Japanese Buddhist monk who founded Jodo Shinshu (Shin) Buddhism—miraculously survived the devastation. More »