“You cannot free yourself from the dualistic mind by thinking about it,” Nyogen Roshi reminds us. Instead, using our practice, we have to allow our minds to become still and empty in order to see clearly. “The Miracle is right here!” Roshi says. “This is the miracle!”
A guest at a Saturday talk prompts Nyogen Roshi to deliver a tour-de-force round-up of the key themes of his teaching. Connecting the yearning that brings a student to Zen to the cultivation of samadhi through practice, Roshi says, “There is something right here, right now that wants to wake up, or you wouldn’t be […]
How are Tibetan visualization practices, koans and Tai Chi related? All of these practices help the practitioner let go of the sense of separation that keeps him or her in a state of delusion about the true nature of reality. “Buddha Dharma is about your evolution–the evolution of your consciousness,” Nyogen Roshi says. “There is […]
In this talk, Nyogen Roshi reminds us of the most essential aspect of Buddha Dharma: the practice is real! “All the egocentric rumination that you think is so important–it’s silly!—when you are this close to the most amazing kind of experience. Closer, as the great Joshu said, than the skin on your nose.”
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 where we are actually creates more suffering for ourselves.
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!”
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.
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 the present moment.
In a recent talk about his affinities with Zen practice, Michael Isshin Spiller’s inventory began with a pair of items that will be familiar to any regular student at the Hazy Moon. “The first thing that occurred to me,” Isshin said, “was that I have an affinity with sitting. If you don’t cultivate some sort […]
“When he began talking about affirmation practice, I told Nyogen, this is so long overdue for me personally. This habit of negative thinking of mine is poison, and I have been poisoning myself with it for years.”
Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has worked on some of the most complex military systems in the U.S. arsenal. Since the early 1970s, he has also been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry. His “theory of everything,” which he develops at length in his book “My Big TOE”, encompasses not just the foundation of individual experience but also phenomena like spiritual healing and remote viewing.