June 26, 2015

So I was asked by a friend to recommend a good introduction to Buddhism for him.  He’d led a rough life and said he was happy with the Way he’d discovered for himself, but people (not me by the way) were telling him that it was a very “Buddhist” way so he thought he’d...

June 24, 2015

If you attend our practices you’ll definitely find ritual - but probably far less than you were expecting from Buddhist practice.  The reason that there is less here than you might expect is two-fold.  This first is the lineage of our Order.  We are ordained in the Cha...

June 23, 2015

I'm reading a book called "The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo" by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi.  In it he takes sayings of his teacher Sawaki Roshi and offers commentary on them, then his student Shohaku Okumura offers commentary on Uchiyama Roshi's commentary.  One selection r...

June 22, 2015

A student of mine was talking to a group of fellow meditators about dependent origination and a question came up about free will, so I wanted to take today to talk about what dependent origination is and isn't.

 

The Buddha laid out his concept of dependent origination v...

June 18, 2015

 So I received the picture above in a Facebook post yesterday and I thought, "that's a good image to share as a vision of Buddhist thought", but the more I looked at it the more I wanted to say about it.  This seemingly simple, fun picture is really a profound image of...

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