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|Apr 1st, 2017
|Who are you, What are you doing, What's happening - Are they three questions or one?
|Mar 25th, 2017
|In Zen You can Just Play with the Beads. On the Death of Joanne Kyger.
|Mar 18th, 2017
|The problem of reversals
|Mar 4th, 2017
|Our endless pursuit of once and for all
|Feb 25th, 2017
|Desire and Aspiration as seen by Capitalism and Buddhism
|Feb 18th, 2017
|The path of practice is deeper into suffering rather than away from it
|Feb 11th, 2017
|The tension between the ordinary and the heroic in spiritual practice
|Feb 4th, 2017
|What's the alternative to dividing life up into problems and solutions?
|Jan 28th, 2017
|Practicing being sick
|Jan 7th, 2017
|A Zen master investigates traps by falling into them
|Dec 10th, 2016
|The impossible task of giving beginner's instruction in Zen
|Nov 19th, 2016
|Chris Buenck - Jukai
|Nov 19th, 2016
|Gayle Maslow - Jukai
|Nov 18th, 2016
|Ordinary mind is the way.
|Nov 12th, 2016
|After the 2016 presidential election
|Oct 29th, 2016
|Suffering as a failure of imagination
|Oct 15th, 2016
|Duncan Gasson-Gardner - Jukai
|Oct 1st, 2016
|The myriad things return to the one. Where does the one return to?
|Sep 10th, 2016
|Sweeping away all the parts of ourselves we'd rather not deal with
|Jul 30th, 2016
|Some advice before the summer break: How to be perfect.
|Jul 23rd, 2016
|Zen in politics. Be able to say that nothing human is alien to us.
|Jul 16th, 2016
|Philip Whalen, A picture of a mind moving
|Jul 9th, 2016
|How do you go straight on a twisting mountain road?
|Jun 18th, 2016
|Dividing the world into good guys and bad guys in the face of violence
|Jun 11th, 2016
|The student-teacher relationship at Ordinary Mind Zendo
|Jun 4th, 2016
|Fayan's pilgrimage and the cultivation of an open mind
|May 14th, 2016
|Emptiness is as familiar to you as the Hudson river
|May 7th, 2016
|We will not overcome suffering by renouncing pleasure
|May 6th, 2016
|It is not possible to waste your time by night or day.
|Apr 16th, 2016
|Without our fantasies we would never become who we are
|Apr 9th, 2016
|Resist the temptation to turn from the particular to the abstract
|Mar 26th, 2016
|This is the truth
|Mar 19th, 2016
|The limits of utilitarian thinking
|Mar 12th, 2016
|The fantasy of a timless, universal Buddhist morality
|Mar 5th, 2016
|The absolute within the subjective
|Feb 20th, 2016
|There's nothing outside the text, no pages that don't count
|Feb 13th, 2016
|Flourishing rather than content
|Feb 6th, 2016
|Knock down the flagpole, there's nothing more
|Jan 16th, 2016
|Performing your life. Can you fully occupy the role you find yourself in?
|Jan 9th, 2016
|The enlightenment of Shakyamuni
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