Photo/essay by John Mujo Fritzlen
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.”
Do you have to be crazy to spend a month at a meditation retreat? On the contrary, Camille Dawu Whitney calls her month at our summer training period “luxurious” and even “decadent,” full of subtle revelations about letting go and waking up.”The insights I had have radically transformed my life,” she writes in this reflection, from feelings of fear and suffering into “joy, love and freedom.”
Nearly everyone has an unlikely story of how they came to Zen, but at the Hazy Moon, no one’s story covers more miles than Shelley Mushoku Cao’s. We interviewed Mushoku about how she arrived at a successful professional life and a committed personal practice.
Highlights from a student talk by Hazy Moon sangha member, Michael Isshin Spiller.
An interview with G.E. So Tetsugen Stinson, Hazy Moon sangha member and Grammy winning recording artist.
What’s the real reason we meditate? An excerpt from Hand Wash Cold, by Karen Maezen Miller, sensei.
A quick, illustrated guide to attending your first sesshin.
My Home Away from Home (Or, Why I Traveled Halfway Across the World to Take Jukai)
By Roos Ben Ming Stamet-Geurs
“When I stepped into the Hazy Moon for the first time, I took a leap of faith I had never before thought possible. Instead of the strong person who I assumed people expected me to be, I entered the Hazy Moon just as myself: the constantly worried mother of my two little boys, and the deeply exhausted caretaker of my seriously ill husband.”
Karen Maezen Miller, sensei, shares a key set of instructions given by Maezumi Roshi.
Sangha member Angie Shinnyo Nickol shares what brought her to practice and what keeps her connected to the Hazy Moon, even though she lives almost 6000 miles away.