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.
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
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