Hanamatsuri, Fusatsu, Gay Men’s Zazenkai, Pet Blessing, Meditation Classes

Commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday with Hanamatsuri on Saturday, April 5 at 11 am; practice atonement with Fusatsu on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 pm; the Gay Men’s Meditation Group will hold a one day Zazenkai on Sunday, April 20; plan ahead for our annual Pet Blessing, Saturday, May 3; sign up for a Saturday morning meditation class; to register for programs or for more information about other events, contact us.



Visit our Articles page to learn about the lives of students at the Hazy Moon. Some of the topics you’ll find:

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Living Lineage

A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice; Keizan Zenji: The Mother of Soto Zen by Karen Maezen Miller; Teachers by Julie Honmei Snider; Words of Encouragement by Kim Donin McDonald.


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Photo/essay by John Mujo Fritzlen




Interview with Loi Tran

What draws a new member to the Hazy Moon? “This year I decided to make a bigger commitment to my practice. I had been dabbling in Zen, but I didn’t have faith in the teachings or take my practice seriously. Seeing living examples of practice definitely instilled faith in me.”

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Articles and interviews on the intersection of modern science and Buddhadharma.

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Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

Hazy Moon sangha member and journalist Nick Shindo Street interviews the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.



Interview with Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry. Interview by Nick Shindo Street.


Shikan-Incense75Is There Any Reason For a Zen Practitioner to Read About Science? By Ralph Shikan Levinson

“When scientists teach us that everything is interdependent, entangled, and that seeing an object as permanent and solid is an illusion–is that very different from the Diamond Sutra, which exhorts us not to be trapped by the illusion of finite personhood, a soul?”

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Voices of Zen (Video)

Watch Hazy Moon Student Talks and see the confidence and transformativeness of a living Zen practice:

Being Present (3:53)
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.

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Recommended Reading

There are many helpful books on Buddhism and Zen, so we asked Nyogen Roshi to suggest a few titles from his own shelves. This month we focus on:

3-pillars-75The Three Pillars of Zen
 – A modern classic in Zen literature, this book consists of instructional talks to beginning Western students given by Yasutani Roshi, our Dharma great-grandfather. His simple and practical guidance on Zen and zazen remain the basis of our own Zen meditation classes.


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