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Inspiration Ripples Unknown

Long ago, my neighbor, two doors down, a woman of many decades, drove to her family in Vermont. The steep hills and ridges of suburbia, no problem for this young mother then, yet knowing, one day, I too might be … Continue reading

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Oh Bear!

Oh bear! You lived in a beautiful wild place, and you were wild too. Scavenging, scampering, maybe climbing trees. Maybe you were confused and sad, maybe angry, scared or threatened. Out of ignorance and wickedness they took you too soon. … Continue reading

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Kinhin

Something we do on a regular basis at the Zendo is to stand up after every 30 minutes of meditation to walk and stretch our legs. This is not like taking a break after working. This is a continuation of … Continue reading

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There Is No Way To Peace, Peace Is The Way

It is generally understood that meditation is a way of attaining peace, and many believe this peace will only come after many years of intense, dedicated practice.  As a meditation instructor, I find most people come to meditation believing this … Continue reading

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Be Here Now: How To Practice Mindfulness In Daily Life

By Mark Van Buren The path of meditation is not limited to just sitting and following the breath. In fact, our true meditation practice is right smack in the middle of our daily lives. Meditation throughout our day involves simply … Continue reading

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She who hears the cries of the world. . .

Kannon Bodhisattva— Invisible and with a light, almost imperceptible touch— When you’re with me, holding me, I don’t feel you.   I don’t feel you Until after you’ve done your work.   Only then I know you’re with me— Always … Continue reading

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Hogetsu’s Stone Bridge (after Case 52, Blue Cliff Record, Joshu’s stone Bridge)

  Even with wrinkles, a crack- maybe some patchwork- Hogetsu’s great Stone Bridge supports our strivings. Then, ————————————————————-at the apex, above the echo of laughter and masonry of Mind, ——————————————————she thrusts up the shore. Inexplicably, ———————————————————–you are here. share: Blog … Continue reading

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Emergency Room Zendo

I am finishing up another 10 hours of emergency call, with, as usual, all sorts of thoughts running through my head: “I’m so tired,” “I hope I made correct decisions today,” “How could I have missed another Sunday morning sitting at … Continue reading

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Reflections on Joan’s reception for Sri Lanka Relief

Although I made a decision to make a small monetary donation to Sensei’s team of psychotherapists weeks before an upcoming reception for them on July 22nd, I am happy I was able to attend the small gathering for them, in … Continue reading

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Easter for the Buddhist

I feel funny saying I am anything these days, but as I get ready to celebrate Easter with my family, having been raised Roman Catholic, I am contemplating what it is that I do that is “spiritual,” other than conceding … Continue reading

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