In news, student talks, interviews and personal reflections, members of the Hazy Moon Sangha share the ways practice has transformed every aspect of their lives—at work, at home, in relationships, and in handling the change, pain, loss, and fear that all of us face at times. The consistent message from any serious Zen student is that practice works.
Our three-month summer training period ended with a week of dramatic events: Shosan (public exchanges between Nyogen Roshi and individual students), Tea Ceremony (when the koan that our shuso or head trainee has been working on is made … [Read more...] about Shuso Hossen, Shosan and Tea Ceremony 2017
A review of Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui translated by J.C. Cleary Vimalakirti said, "It's like this: the high plateau does not produce lotus flowers; it is the mire of the low swamplands that produces … [Read more...] about Alive in the Mire: Swampland Flowers
You would think that the discovery of potentially habitable planets orbiting a nearby star would excite an astronomer. Bob Berman—a columnist for Astronomy magazine, the astronomy editor of the Old Farmers Almanac and the author of ten … [Read more...] about Appreciating Life: A Profile of Bob Berman
In this Dharma talk which he gave shortly after he returned from a hiking adventure to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kelly Doman Stevens Sensei recounts the rewards and challenges of his transforming experience. “It was vast, desolate and … [Read more...] about Inspiring Transformation
Hazy Moon member Ralph Shikan Levinson recently published his first novel, a Chan-themed adventure story for children. In Aidan and the Dragon Girl Save the World, 11-year-old Aidan Alvarado receives the key to his grandfather’s wondrous … [Read more...] about Aidan and the Dragon Girl Save the World
Rev. Sherri Ento MacClelland recently received Precept Transmission at the Hazy Moon. The ceremony for Ento bestowed the title "sensei" and capped more than 25 years of Zen practice--first with Maezumi Roshi, then with Nyogen Roshi. … [Read more...] about Rev. Sherri Ento MacClelland Precept Transmission
Luckily for me, 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 … [Read more...] about Maezumi’s 3 Admonitions
Loi Juzen Tran was officially installed as Head Trainee during our recent Ango Opening / Head Trainee Entering ceremony. But Juzen and a small group of his stalwart supporters have been sitting since May. Congratulations Juzen! Keep up the … [Read more...] about Ango Opening / Head Trainee Entering 2017
For several years now, Lawrence Bienemann has been flying in from Florida to join us for some of our longer retreats. He decided to take the plunge and receive a Dharma name at a Jukai ceremony during this summer's training period. Welcome … [Read more...] about Lawrence Kyoden Bienemann Jukai
I would like to thank Roshi for the opportunity to practice during this Ango period. Thank you, sangha, for the support and motivation. I hope this training period will deepen my aspiration for practice and encourage me to practice until … [Read more...] about Statement from Loi Juzen Tran, Head Trainee for Summer Ango 2017
A friend asked me to go to New Orleans a couple of months ago. I said no. She was going there for a convention, and we could split the convention hotel rate the week before. I checked the hotels in the area. It was a great rate. I said no. … [Read more...] about Possibilities. Possibilities. Possibilities.
A review of Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter. Not long ago I ran across a new Buddhist blog that says it is for people who "are interested in meditation but don't want to pretend they live in ancient Asia." … [Read more...] about Grass Huts and Hermits