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staying awake

[AUDIO AND TEXT] This is the first talk given by Nona Strong Roshi at the June 2022 zen sesshin at Mercy Center Burlingame. “To have it all stripped bare, just experienced directly, naked: this is sesshin.” (Roko Sherry Chayat, Rinzai Zen master, Syracuse, NY, in Sitting with Koans, p. 337) This means staying awake whileContinue reading “staying awake”

keeping it simple

[AUDIO AND TEXT] This is the third talk given by Nona Strong Roshi at the June 2022 zen sesshin at Mercy Center Burlingame. So, we have the essential world (emptiness), and we have the phenomenal world (form). They may not seem so, but they are co-equal. In fact, according to the Heart Sutra, they areContinue reading “keeping it simple”

Howard Thurman

[AUDIO AND TEXT] I want to share with you some words of an African-American mystic and minister named Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981). Born and raised in Daytona, Florida, Howard Thurman began his religious studies in his early twenties, after graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He attended the Rochester Theological Seminary in Rochester,Continue reading “Howard Thurman”

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