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Bring Me Your Mind

By Nyogen Roshi I was listening to a scientist describe his near-death experience.  It reminded me of an experience I had when I was little.  He talked about going into a blackness that was unimaginable.  Black nothingness, he said, totally black nothingness. As a child I lived in the country.  When I had to have…

Maezumi’s Three Teachings

By Karen Maezen Miller 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…

A Bodhisattva Never Hesitates

By Mary Jotai Rosendale He was maybe in his 70’s — out of shape, but not so out of shape that he couldn’t cradle a large, limp dog in his arms. I was coming off the dog beach near my house and he was just stepping onto it. The dog’s head hung over the man’s…

Head Trainee Statement

I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with Nyogen Roshi as the Head Trainee during this summer ango, and to be working in the company of my teacher, Hosso Sensei, along with sangha members from the Hazy Moon as well as from el Escorpion Negro in Mexico. This time for training…

Ango Reflections

Camille Dawu Whitney When I first arrived at the Hazy Moon early last July, the summer training period had already been going on for 60 days; the samadhi hung thick in the air.  From that moment through the end of ango, the word “luxury” kept coming to mind.  It seemed luxurious to be able to…

Learning to Ride the Ox—Or the Horse!

By Gillian Kosen Marcus I want to thank Roshi for assigning this talk – it definitely grounded me to focus on this talk. And while love knows no comparison, I have noticed that each time I have been assigned a talk my preparation has been different – most notably in that I am less anxious. …

Freedom of Egolessness

by Nyogen Roshi 10/16/97 Ours is a living practice, an experiential practice.  This isn’t a religion where you sit in a room being lectured to.  Sometimes it has the appearance of that, but we know what we’re really doing here.  It has struck me that one of the things we need to explore in these…

The Art of Zazen

Teisho by Nyogen Roshi No matter how long you might have been sitting, and some of you have been sitting for a good number of years, it is easy to slip into bad habits. By that I mean we do things that we think are helping with our zazen, but they really aren’t. In a…

Hazy Moon, Clear Skies

While driving home I encounter a bad thunderstorm. We have these storms almost every day during the summer here in south Louisiana. The sky opens up and the downpour ensues. Driving can be quite a challenge, as everyone seems to react to the conditions differently. Some people drive too slow, others too fast. It can…

The Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate the Zen Buddhist Training Program

by Michael Isshin Spiller 10 NUMBER 10: It’s so time-consuming. For a lot of people this is an obstacle to establishing a practice. We have so many conflicting commitments: partner, family, career, interests. I too used to have lots of people and ideas and projects competing for my attention – I was quite frenetic and scattered….