liberating joy

[AUDIO AND TEXT] “Teach your experience.” That’s what my teacher, Fr. Greg Mayers Roshi, has always told us. So that’s the genesis of this offering. Right now, my experience has me at the point of “just the fact, just this.” I was struck recently by a paragraph in Albert Low’s book, What More Do YouContinue reading “liberating joy”

why do zazen?

[AUDIO AND TEXT] Often, Zen teachers tell students to avoid setting goals and expectations for their Zen practice – not to expect any results. “Zen is not a self-improvement program,” they say. “You’re already enlightened and awake,” they say. And then they turn right around and list various qualities that students can cultivate through practice:Continue reading “why do zazen?”

being in balance

[AUDIO AND TEXT] These past few days and weeks have seen some momentous events in the country. I don’t need to enumerate them for you. But many are saying that we have reached a pivot point, an inflection point, in the country’s history where social justice – especially racial justice – is concerned. My responseContinue reading “being in balance”

weeds and grasses

[AUDIO AND TEXT] If you’ve read much Zen literature, or even studied some koans, you’ve probably seen or heard references to “weeds and grasses” – sometimes together, sometimes separately. These terms are often-used pointers to stuff that’s beside the point, stuff that’s extraneous to what is here and now, stuff apart from Just This. Here’sContinue reading “weeds and grasses”

shedding our props

[AUDIO AND TEXT] We come here with nothing. That is, when we’re born, we have only our bodies, our brains and other organs, and possibly some propensities and talents. Whether we really have propensities and talents at birth depends upon where you come down on the nature vs. nurture debate that is, I think, stillContinue reading “shedding our props”


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