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Byakuren (White Lotus) Judith Ragir
Byakuren studied with Dainin Katagiri roshi from 1973-1990 at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Following his death in 1990, Byakuren was instrumental in founding the Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul where she was a senior teacher for nine years and in November, 2006 became the guiding teacher. In December 2007, Joen Snyder-O’Neal, of Compassion Ocean Dharma Center, bestowed on Byakuren Dharma Transmission, the authorization to teach. This transmission is in Katagiri Roshi’s lineage.
Byakuren has a background in bodywork and healing which includes having been a professional modern dancer and a doctor of Oriental medicine using acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs. Her teaching is an amalgam of her various interests and background, combining decades of study in Zen and influences from Tibetan Buddhism, Vipassana, psychology, art and the 12 step recovery programs.
She lives in the woods with her husband and two sons.
Practice meetings with Byakuren can be scheduled by calling the Clouds in Water office (651-222-6968, ext. 1) or by using the sign-up sheet in the file in Great Patience Hall.
“In the study of the Buddha Way, we discover how to live with presence and awareness in order to savor this one precious human life we are given. We discover how to accept our storied life as it comes to us, while keeping open and connected with the Universal Truth. Spiritual life is a combination of taking care of our unique snowflake of destiny made up of our specific individual conditions, and our strong confidence in the vitality of interdependence that expresses itself in each moment. We can learn to completely use our human bodies and minds, our senses and ego, for the benefit of others. Letting go of our worries, we express this joy of seeing life in a true perspective as we go through our days. This seems like a tall order, but actually can be manifested in any given moment! Drop our attachments and be wholeheartedly involved in this moment’s activity.”
Free downloads of Clouds in Water dharma talks by Byakuren are available on the Dharma Talks page.