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Proclaim and Transform

While Zen is most commonly associated with the Japanese tradition, many of the important Zen Teachers were not from Japan. Zen has deep roots in China and a number of Chinese Zen (or Ch’an) Masters made important contributions toward establishing … 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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“Meech” The Cat

Meech This past Friday we had our cat put to sleep. His formal name was “Mister”, but somehow the kids had evolved that name into “Meech”. He had been not well for about a month. He had been tumbled by … Continue reading

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End-of-life Doula

I have been an end-of-life doula with Valley Hospice since June of this now receding year. Each family, each patient, has different needs, different ways of managing this final transition. I have been privileged to be with 5 or 6 … Continue reading

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Loving Kindness (Metta)

Loving Kindness (Metta) Every Sunday on my ride to meditation I repeat the following: I offer loving kindness to Myself, May I be free from fear and sorrow May I be free from anger and confusion May I be free … Continue reading

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No one really knows what electricity is

Ed Flynn, a columnist for Bergen County’s “Town Journal” and other local papers, wrote on November 4 of his difficulty in explaining electricity to his two great-grandsons: You just switch it on and wondrous things happen. The truth, of, course, … Continue reading

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Meditation in 21st. century

This is an interesting article in CNN news on meditation and benefits of the mined exercise. Please go to this link and read more about it. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/26/can-meditation-change-your-brain-contemplative-neuroscientists-believe-it-can/?hpt=C2 Peace Goran share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on … Continue reading

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

If a tree falls in the forest and a Zen Buddhist isn’t around to hear it, does it make a sound? I was at a family gathering recently and we had been talking about religion for much of the evening.  … Continue reading

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Funny Quote

If sometimes you feel yourself little useless, offended and depressed always remember that you where once the fastest and most victorious sperm out of hundreds of millions. share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz … Continue reading

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The Practice of Immediacy

How can we respond to the vastness of the present moment? This is the question we ask each time we take up the Practice of Immediacy. The Practice of Immediacy, as conceived by Roshi Nicolee Jikyo McMahon, Abbot of Three … Continue reading

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