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Every Day is a Good Day

By Nyogen Roshi

Ummon addressed the assembly and said, “I am not asking you about the days before the 15th of the month, but what about after the 15th? Come, and give me a word about those days.” And he himself gave the answer for them. “Every day is a good day.”

The First Noble Misunderstanding

An excerpt from Hand Wash Cold, by Karen Maezen Miller, sensei There’s a lot of misunderstanding about meditation. In fact, that’s pretty much all that meditation is — the process of seeing how very much you’ve misunderstood about it and everything else. We might be drawn to meditation because we want more out of life and…

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

By Mary Jotai Rosendale Here’s how the script went. Loving doggie mama sees her boy through his final years with compassion and patience and lovingkindness. (She is a Buddhist, after all). She soothes his fears (she knows him so well), gently cares for him as he drifts into that dark night and makes the right…

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….

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…

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…

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…