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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 »
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    Sunlight Paid Member

    After days of darkness I didn’t understanda second of yellow sunlighthere and gone through a hole in cloudsas quickly as a flashbulb, an immensememory of a moment of grace withdrawn.It is said that we are here but seconds in cosmictime, twelve and a half billion years,but who is saying this and why?In the Salt Lake City airport eight out of tenwere fiddling relentlessly with cell phones.The world is too grand to reshape with babble.Outside the hot sun beat down on clumsy metalbirds and an actual ten million year oldcrow flew by squawking in bemusement.We’re doubtless as old as our mothers, thousandof generations waiting for the sunlight. More »
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    Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010) Paid Member

    As well as being for many years the Zen master of the Diamond Sangha, Aitken Roshi was also a mentor to hundreds, maybe thousands, of dharma practitioners who were not formally his students. In this, I believe he was unique, as most other Buddhist teachers tend to keep their energies focused on their own community. But Aitken Roshi filled a role—in fact, he more or less created it—as a friend in the dharma to all who sought him out. To countless students of the Buddha Way, Bob Aitken was our kalyana mitra, our spiritual friend, our elder. More »
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    Zen Men Paid Member

    Artist Jason illustrated the cover art for Penguin Classic’s Deluxe Edition of The Dharma Bums. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s 1958 Beat generation classic. His semiautobiographical novel traces the exploits of narrator Ray Smith and Japhy Ryder (based on Kerouac and poet Gary Snyder) as they pursue the Zen path to enlightenment by way of hikes in the Sierra Mountains and wine-soaked parties in San Francisco. Image: Back Cover of Penguin Classic's Deluxe Edition of The Dharma Bums, design by Jason © Penguin Classics More »
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    The Barbarian Has No Beard Paid Member

    Illustration by Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat (whimsyload.com), with selected text directly from The Gateless Gate by Koun Yamada, ©2004 Wisdom Publications; used by permission. © Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat More »