Daishin McCabe

Auspicious Signs

Auspicious Signs Pay attention to your dreams, literally.  They might mean something important or be an auspicious sign.  Prior to the Buddha’s conception his mother

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Harried By Rest

Sometimes I’m so busy that I feel guilty about taking rest or finding pleasure in quiet moments by myself.  以閑為楽 means, to find pleasure in leisure, or to find pleasure in a quiet place removed from the concerns of the world.  On the surface it seems obvious that we should find joy in leisure time, but I find the statement to be a personal challenge from the universe to wake up to the joys of life all around us, even when we are totally stressed out.

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Kyoki Roberts Obituary

With family bedside, ROBERTS, Christine Kyoki, died December 19, 2023, at the age of 72 in Omaha, Nebraska. She is survived by her son, Joe Eliason, her daughter-in-law, Isabel, her three grandchildren, David (Amber), Tristan and Krista, by three great-grandchildren, Scarlet, Liam and Oliver, as well as her two sisters, Melinda Jane Roberts and Jean Shaw Roberts.

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Dragons Roar Cranes Whoop

Dragons Roar and Cranes Whoop

Dragons Roar and Cranes Whoop Introduction Religious beliefs are many.  Some people believe in heaven.  Others believe in reincarnation.  Some believe there’s only one God,

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Think/Feel Deeply

Absorbed in a Deep Feeling

Zen is not stoicism. Many people see it otherwise. Stone faces and stiff upper lifts, and a non-challan attitude. But all the Japanese Zen teachers I have trained with were never shy about expressing their true feelings. I’ve seen Zen masters share their joys and sorrows, their hates and their loves, their equanimity and their anxiety. Never did they not care about what was going on around them. They felt it all and felt it fully.

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Zen and the Martial Arts

Zen and the Martial Arts 文徳武功 or “Bun Toku Bukou” can be translated as something like, “Literary/Cultural virtue and martial skill.” As a kid, I

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"No Merit" or "Mu Kudoku"

Eye-Opening Understandings of Merit Never Explained in Western Zen

“Bodhidharma’s Emptiness,” is a story often pointed to as a foundational Zen text, yet one of its central concepts – merit – is assumed intelligible to any western reader. I studied this story for my “Shuso Ceremony,”# and though I became intimate with it some 20 years ago, there’s much of it that I’ve taken for granted. The story appears as the second case in the Shoyoroku, or the Record of Serenity, and as such is of primary importance for understanding Zen. How is it that “merit” has gotten so overlooked?

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Value Simplicity and Effortlessness

Just quietly sit down and notice what’s right in front of your eyes. It’s simple. No need to go somewhere. Dogen Zenji says, “The Way is basically perfect and all pervading. What good does it do to travel around to practice?” Wake up with the circumstances present in your life right now. Don’t wait for some future time when things will be “better.” That future time may never arrive.

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