“I read a book that changed my life,” says Claudia Hosso Politi. The Overstory–a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about inter-connection between human beings and the natural world, especially trees–sparks wonder and a new passion for nature in Hosso. She relates “homo-centrism,” the destructive worldview that subjugates the rest of creation to human desires, to Buddhism’s focus […]
Learn the basics of Zen meditation in less than five minutes. Clear, step-by-step meditation instruction, as practiced at the Hazy Moon.
Fusatsu is the ceremony of atonement in the Zen tradition. In doing Fusatsu, we acknowledge the suffering caused by our own ignorant view of ourselves as separate from the world we inhabit. In this video, students at the Hazy Moon Zen Center share appreciation for Fusatsu and the role it plays in their practice.
Meditation retreats help us learn to approach everyday life in a more mindful way. Oryoki, or mindful eating practice, is one of the most practical elements of a traditional Zen retreat–though for newcomers, the ritual of oryoki can often seem intimidating. In this video, a student at the Hazy Moon Zen Center shares his appreciation for oryoki and its place in the daily flow of events during a retreat.
Lailah Dainin Shima will sit as head trainee during Summer Ango 2019 at the Hazy Moon. In this video statement, Dainin talks about the life-and-death concerns behind her desire to sit as head trainee, as well as her growing appreciation for the Hazy Moon’s lineage of practice…
Nyogen Roshi talks about cultivating samadhi—the key point of Zen practice.
In this talk connecting the wisdom of Dogen Zenji with some of the insights of quantum physics, Nyogen Roshi encourages us to realize the teachings of the Buddha right where we sit. “There’s something so amazing here,” he says. His words point us toward the place of liberation–which is always where we find ourselves right […]
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.
In this student talk, Donin, a Buddhist Chaplain in training, relates her experience sitting vigil with a dying woman.
In this video, student of the Hazy Moon Zen Center and the Mexican temple The Black Scorpion, recounts his efforts to overcome his aversion to dogs when his wife adopted a dog named “Nori.”
Mary Jotai Rosendale, student at the Hazy Moon, considers the meaning of Zen practice. “For me it’s life with practice, as opposed to life without practice.”
In this dharma talk, Rev. J.J. Kyoji Anderson speaks about caring for her elderly mother and how being present opens up a world of joy and possibility.