Category Archives: Practice

Chirping crickets

Noise inside my head. Zazen brings the quiet mind hearing crickets chirp. (9/5/12)   {a pun:} share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit … Continue reading

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Power Outage Haiku

Zazen in the dark. Children giggle in their beds While I watch my breath. share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with … Continue reading

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Ripples

I think that, like many people, when I first came into practice, I came into it for myself — to lessen the suffering/dissatisfaction that the Buddha described in the First Noble Truth. Now, after many years of practice, something has … Continue reading

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Mindfulness hike in the mountains

Last month I took my children on what I called a “mindfulness hike.”¬†Where we live, there are many great hiking trails in and around the Ramapo Mountains. I decided to take them to a favorite trail at the historic Long … Continue reading

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Doorless Door

There is a tape called “The Mysterious Guest” that I keep in my Walkman. I used to listen to it on a regular basis but now I only turn it on from time to time. It’s about a host who … Continue reading

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One bite at a time

Last Sunday I presented a talk for the Sangha on the topic of mindful eating. Just as we can find satisfaction in each moment, when eating we can be happy with each mouthful, with each chew. One bite at a … Continue reading

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New listing on ridgewood.patch.com

To help spread the word about our “Zen gem” here in the suburbs of New Jersey, I’ve created a listing at http://ridgewood.patch.com/listings/heart-circle-sangha. (Patch.com is a “hyperlocal” news source that has strong coverage here in North Jersey.) Please check out the … Continue reading

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Running from pain

Certainly anyone who has suffered with addiction knows that most of human suffering is just wanting to escape. I’ve learned with help from others that: When I’m in pain instead of running or resisting, maybe first try to experience the … Continue reading

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The interesting thing about awakening

The interesting thing about awakening, seeing clearly, enlightenment or whatever. You can never again blame others for your emotions. share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace … Continue reading

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Try to meditate every day

Now I heard a talk about a pianist who was being interviewed that if he missed one day of practice, he notices, if he missed two days, the critics noticed, if he missed three days, everybody noticed. This is true … Continue reading

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