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.
This collection of photographs, gathered in honor of our 20th Anniversary, depict the busy first days of the Hazy Moon Sangha including its inception as an informal group practicing at the home of Mr. Kelly Stevens Sr.; the August 1997 purchase of 1651 S. Gramercy Place, where the zendo was in the living room and […]
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 awe-inspiring,” he says of the landscape around Mount Everest. “But I wouldn’t call it pretty exactly.” […]
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 public) and Shuso Hossen (an elaborate ritual that allows the shuso or head trainee to demonstrate his […]
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 study and a student membership in the League of Dream Detectives…
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. Congratulations Ento Sensei!
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 great work!
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 Kyoden! We’re looking forward to sharing many more retreats with you in the […]
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 the moment of death.
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. I had always wanted to visit New Orleans. I said no. I checked into the airfare: $220 roundtrip non-stop. I said no…
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.” I try not to get too worked up about how people […]
Highlights from Joe Belluso’s Jukai ceremony, where he received the Bodhisattva Precepts and was given the dharma name “Myoyu.”
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 ancestors who brought Zen to the U.S. Our annual New Year’s Day pilgrimage ends […]