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.
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
Highlights from Joe Belluso's Jukai ceremony, where he received the Bodhisattva Precepts and was given the dharma name "Myoyu." … [Read more...] about Myoyu’s Jukai
At our ceremony to usher in 2017, Karen Maezen Miller Sensei revolved the sutras while GE SoTetsugen Stinson rocked the zendo on the drum. The next morning we visited Evergreen Cemetery, in a tradition begun by Maezumi Roshi, to honor the … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve Service
In this excerpt, Hogen points to the power we have to reduce our own suffering. When we entertain fantasies of something "other" than what exists right now—no matter how painful or difficult the situation—our desire to escape from who and … [Read more...] about Pain Versus Suffering
Matt Kogyo Silverstein recounts his halting journey toward Zen, humorously admitting that he has been counting his breath for more years than it took him to get his Ph.D. “And I still don’t have it!” … [Read more...] about Just What the Doctor Ordered
In this excerpt from a radio interview, Maezen Sensei talks about how practice applies in our everyday activities, such as overcoming the aversion we might feel to household chores. … [Read more...] about It’s Just a Dish
How does practice enhance your life? In this excerpt from a talk, Doman Sensei speaks candidly about noticing little things going more easily in his life because he is less self-conscious or afraid and therefore more relaxed and engaged in … [Read more...] about Signs of Progress
In this talk given at the Hazy Moon Zen Center of Los Angeles, Hosso Sensei of the Black Scorpion Zen Center of Mexico, relates her fear of public speaking and her experience preparing to give this talk. She shares how her practice allows … [Read more...] about The Cloud
In this student talk, Donin, a Buddhist Chaplain in training, relates her experience sitting vigil with a dying woman. … [Read more...] about Dying Without Fear