In news, student talks, interviews and personal reflections, members of the Hazy Moon Sangha share the ways practice has transformed every aspect of their lives—at work, at home, in relationships, and in handling the change, pain, loss, and fear that all of us face at times. The consistent message from any serious Zen student is that practice works.
For several years now, Lawrence Bienemann has been flying in from Florida to join us for some of our longer retreats. He decided to take the plunge and receive a Dharma name at a Jukai ceremony during this summer’s training period. Welcome Kyoden! We’re looking forward to sharing many more retreats with you in the […]
I would like to thank Roshi for the opportunity to practice during this Ango period. Thank you, sangha, for the support and motivation. I hope this training period will deepen my aspiration for practice and encourage me to practice until the moment of death.
A friend asked me to go to New Orleans a couple of months ago. I said no. She was going there for a convention, and we could split the convention hotel rate the week before. I checked the hotels in the area. It was a great rate. I said no. I had always wanted to visit New Orleans. I said no. I checked into the airfare: $220 roundtrip non-stop. I said no…
A review of Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter. Not long ago I ran across a new Buddhist blog that says it is for people who “are interested in meditation but don’t want to pretend they live in ancient Asia.” I try not to get too worked up about how people […]
Highlights from Joe Belluso’s Jukai ceremony, where he received the Bodhisattva Precepts and was given the dharma name “Myoyu.”
At our ceremony to usher in 2017, Karen Maezen Miller Sensei revolved the sutras while GE SoTetsugen Stinson rocked the zendo on the drum. The next morning we visited Evergreen Cemetery, in a tradition begun by Maezumi Roshi, to honor the ancestors who brought Zen to the U.S. Our annual New Year’s Day pilgrimage ends […]
In this excerpt, Hogen points to the power we have to reduce our own suffering. When we entertain fantasies of something “other” than what exists right now—no matter how painful or difficult the situation—our desire to escape from who and where we are actually creates more suffering for ourselves.
Matt Kogyo Silverstein recounts his halting journey toward Zen, humorously admitting that he has been counting his breath for more years than it took him to get his Ph.D. “And I still don’t have it!”
In this excerpt from a radio interview, Maezen Sensei talks about how practice applies in our everyday activities, such as overcoming the aversion we might feel to household chores.
How does practice enhance your life? In this excerpt from a talk, Doman Sensei speaks candidly about noticing little things going more easily in his life because he is less self-conscious or afraid and therefore more relaxed and engaged in the present moment.
In this talk given at the Hazy Moon Zen Center of Los Angeles, Hosso Sensei of the Black Scorpion Zen Center of Mexico, relates her fear of public speaking and her experience preparing to give this talk. She shares how her practice allows her to see things as they are.