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    Side Effect Paid Member

    In March 1981, while a student at the San Francisco Zen Center, I began keeping a journal of the sayings and doings of Zenshin Philip Whalen. I wanted to be putting pen to paper, and here was an amazing subject -- a person I knew and loved and practically lived with -- a literary person, a “famous” person, one of the original Beat poets, a Zen master, a friend to Kerouac, Snyder, Ginsberg, McClure et alia, and my pal, too. More »
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    Tricycle Q & A: Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara Paid Member

    Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara answers questions from Tricycle readers. More »
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    Family Dharma: Karma and the Tonka Truck Paid Member

    The Buddha called the law of karma “the light of the world” because it illuminates how and why things happen in our lives. The force of karma is a fundamental principle underlying all Buddhist teachings, and our understanding of karma can help decrease our suffering and show us the way to greater happiness and freedom. More »
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    Tricycle Q & A: Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara Paid Member

    Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara answers questions from Tricycle readers. More »
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    The Blossoming Self Paid Member

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    Commit to Sit: Walking Paid Member

    Apply the techniques of walking meditation to your routine activities during the day. For example, try bringing your awareness to the movements you make when you open your front door, or the ways you hold your fork when eating. Be especially aware of the added distractions that may arise when you practice with your eyes open (as during walking meditation). Use mental noting to renew your awareness of the movement of your foot and leg. Experiment with pace. Try walking a little faster, then a little slower. More »