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.
In this essay on the relationship between mathematics and Zen, Ralph Shikan Levinson draws on some of the fundamentals of geometry, particularly the quality of symmetry, as a way to interpret the identity of relative and absolute. He then applies some of his ideas to an appreciation of Zen poetry and art, particularly the work of Sengai Gibon (1750-1838).
An excerpt from Hand Wash Cold by Karen Maezen Miller 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 ourselves. […]
Nyogen Roshi sent me a New York Times article that he thought I would like: “A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox.” Leonard Susskind, a theoretical physicist and educator whose work I enjoy, had offered comments on the article. There were also references to the iconic physicist and intellectual provocateur Stephen Hawking, and […]
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 decision when the time […]
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. But one day a big […]
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 arm. There was a towel, in […]
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 […]
A review of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, by Robert Lanza, MD, with Bob Berman There are periods when I read from this book every morning, in the same way that I read Song dynasty Ch’an masters like Ta-Hui or Yuan-wu. I read for […]
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 stay at the […]
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. I thought that that […]
Is there any reason for a Zen practitioner to read about science? When I started practice, I was certain the answer to that question was no. Obviously, one can have a Zen practice and not study science. So why bother? Don’t get me wrong: I love science, although I fell in love with it relatively […]
Kim Donin McDonald serves as Shuso for Ango Opening & Shuso Entering, 2015