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A Tender Approach to Zen Retreat

January 29, 2023

I think we need affirmation, we need to feel well. Buddha was pretty clear that hearts that haven’t been gladdened by practice don’t readily access wisdom.

Pop! Goes The Dharma: Liberation Day and the paradox of exclusive love

January 29, 2023

For this first post, I’d like to talk about a book that is one of the most original, hilarious, moving, and humane things I’ve read in a long while.

Member Spotlight: Felicia Sy

January 27, 2023

Our January–and very first!–Member Spotlight is on our newest board member, Felicia Sy (she/her). 

The 100th Anniversary of Soto Zen Buddhism in North America

January 22, 2023

The message sinks into my bones, into my marrow, it sinks beyond anything I can think about it. I walk down from the platform, walk off the stage, return to my seat, and watch as the very same thing happens to all the rest of the nearly 100 participants. It is an image that will stay with me forever.

The Zen Kitchen: Unopening the Gift of Tenzo Practice

January 17, 2023

For me, the work in our Zen kitchen was a deep opportunity to collaborate with others and call upon “don’t know mind,” all while strengthening my understanding of giver, receiver and gift. 

Mindfulness in Daily Life

January 6, 2023

We can encourage conditions in our lives that remind us of our intention and provide opportunities throughout each day for practice.

What does it look like to be a North American Zen practitioner in 2023?

January 1, 2022

In this time of seismic shifts in the US, we see this space’s potential to meaningfully engage with the challenges of what it means to be a Zen practitioner in the US in the new millennium. On the micro level, we’re excited to see how our Zen practice can be applied to everything from cooking to Netflix to our relationship to technology.