A group of newcomers inspires Nyogen Roshi to deliver a barn-burner of talk on Zen and the core teachings of Buddha-dharma. After touching on the importance of the ritual form of Zen practice, the inevitability of suffering in the realm of Samsara and the peace that comes from the cultivation of Samadhi, Roshi concludes by […]
Although chronologically I’m in the early winter of my life and older than most students at the Hazy Moon, five years of practice here is helping to shift my outlook. I know I don’t want to grow old simply chasing pleasures while waiting for the end. My life before I arrived at the Hazy Moon […]
After practicing with Maezen Sensei at retreats around the country, Nate Hayes returned to the Hazy Moon from his home in Athens, Ohio, for his Jukai, receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts and the dharma name Kojun, which means “genuine effort.”
“You won’t want to talk to me,” a spry, 84-year-old man I’ll call Jack announced with a smirk. “I’m not so religious these days.” “That’s fine,” I assured him, meeting his gaze. “I’m not, either.” Wide-eyed, he wondered, “Well, what variety of chaplain are you?” In this Midwestern city, the word chaplain is generally assumed […]
Luckily for me, my teacher Nyogen Roshi keeps repeating the same thing over and over again. (I’m beginning to realize that’s what teachers do.) In nearly every one of his weekly dharma talks he ends up reciting a set of instructions given to him by his teacher Maezumi Roshi in the early days of his training.
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