ARTICLES

Taking the First StepBenBen Hutchison 75

Who says long-distance relationships can’t work? Ben Hutchison, a young husband and father in Cincinnati who learned about the Hazy Moon through Karen Maezen Miller, participated in part of our summer training period and cemented his connection to our Los Angeles sangha.  “Things come together in just this way,” Ben says, already sounding like a member of the family.

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By Roos Ben Ming Stamet-Geurs

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.”

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Paradise in Plain Sight

Hazy Moon priest Karen Maezen Miller’s latest book recounts how she uses the hundred-year-old Japanese garden in her backyard to glean living wisdom from the natural world.

Paradise Lost and Found

A review of Karen Maezen Miller’s Paradise in Plain Sight.  By Michael Isshin Spiller.

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Maezumi on Uji: Part OneDOGEN 75 (29:37)

In this first installment in a forthcoming series of talks on Uji–”being time”–Maezumi Roshi relates Uji to Dogen Zenji’s intention in the Genjokoan and the whole of the Shobogenzo. “This Uji is not a small portion of something else, but something equal to all these other titles. We are concerned here today with Uji as the Shobogenzo, as the Genjokoan.”

Maezumi on Uji: Part Two (23:35)

“All dharmas are Uji,” Maezumi Roshi tells us in the second installment in his series of talks on Dogen Zenji’s commentary on Uji–”being-time.” What does Maezumi Roshi mean when he says that everything is being-time? “Being us,” he says, “being you, being me–that’s Uji.”

Maezumi on Uji: Part Three (7:32)

“Please don’t lose that very essential part of it,” Maezumi Roshi implores us in this latest excerpt from his series of talks on Uji. “That is, how this very life of each of us is no other than the Genjokoan. Uji itself, see?”

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A collection of Hazy Moon students’ reflections on the importance of particular figures in our lineage for their practice.

 

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In this audio excerpt from a talk on the Ten Oxherding Pictures, Maezumi Roshi summarizes the classic sequence of spiritual training as carried forward in the Zen tradition.

 

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At the start of the thee-day Returning to Silence Retreat outside Cincinnati this March, twenty people settled themselves into a makeshift zendo inside a converted barn at the Grailville Retreat Center.

 

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wally walking on beach in shadow 75x100Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

Sangha member Mary Jotai Rosendale shares the painful but poignant experience of caring for her aging dog, Wally, as his life winds to a close. Jotai writes, “My teacher has admonished me that I tend to want to game the system–I’m looking for an angle. Sitting alone with my boy at night, wanting to do the best for him, I come up against a brick wall. There is no angle.There is only me being with him this moment and the next and, I hope, the moment after that.”

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Photo/essay by John Mujo Fritzlen

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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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IMG_4253Ango Reflections by Camille Dawu Whitney

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.”

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Interview with Shelley Mushoku Cao

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.

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Gatha-wb-75The Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate the Zen Buddhist Training Program

Highlights from a student talk by Hazy Moon sangha member, Michael Isshin Spiller.

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Interview with G.E. So Tetsugen Stinson

An interview with G.E. So Tetsugen Stinson, Hazy Moon sangha member and Grammy winning recording artist.

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The First Noble Misunderstanding

What’s the real reason we meditate? An excerpt from Hand Wash Cold, by Karen Maezen Miller, sensei.

 

 

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Oryoki-Bowls-75Coming to Sesshin

A quick, illustrated guide to attending your first sesshin.

 

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Maezumi’s Three Teachings

Karen Maezen Miller, sensei, shares a key set of instructions given by Maezumi Roshi.

 

 

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Shinnyo-CU-75Far away.. and yet so close

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.

 

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By Mary Jotai Rosendale
An old dog’s last day at the beach becomes a moving reminder to follow your heart.