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  • Consciousness and Practice

    The Contents of Consciousness We experience our mind consciously as the contents of consciousness. Consciousness is the contents of mind. We exist, we identify ourselves, through and within the contents of consciousness, especially those that fit into our personal story. Contents that don’t fit our story, we tend to suppress, ignore, or somehow keep out…

  • Practice and Daily Life

    Monastic Life and Lay Practice Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhist history is rooted in the view that an enlightening way of life is best developed and expressed by living the teachings and practices together with others in a particular way. Zen monasticism, historically, is a gathering of many streams of Buddhist teachings and practices into…

  • The Practice and Territory of the Precepts

    How do we act in the world? How do we call forth the world without harming ourselves, other people, and the world itself? How do we carry as little baggage as possible into each moment, and accumulate as little baggage as possible in each moment? What do we bring into the present? How do we…

  • The Eight-Fold Praxis

    How do we get free of conditioning so that we can know ourselves as we actually exist? Many of the practices of Buddhism are about seeing into and transforming our conditioning. But the most fundamental and thorough practice for freeing us from conditioning is the ‘Eight-Fold Path’ – the very first teaching of Buddhism. The…

  • A Note on Thinking in Zazen

    Dogen says, “think non-thinking.” This is quintessential and also essential zazen advice. It is almost a word-photo of the experience of non-thinking. But it is advanced advice. The ‘still-sitting’ practice of zazen clarifies our thinking. This is one of the first things zazen does. When our body is really still and our mind is becoming…

  • Yogic Culture

    Buddhism is rooted in a yogic understanding of the world. Zen is a yogic practice. Yogic views are at the root of East Asian civilization and these views differ significantly from the views of Western civilization. Buddhism is based on the views and practices of prebuddhist, yogic culture, especially those that support a nontheistic understanding of the world.

  • The Monastic Field of Meeting and Speaking

    Buddhism is rooted in a yogic understanding of the world. Zen is a yogic practice. Yogic views are at the root of East Asian civilization and these views differ significantly from the views of Western civilization. Buddhism is based on the views and practices of prebuddhist, yogic culture, especially those that support a nontheistic understanding of the world.