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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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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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"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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Zen Confucianism

Zen Confucianism by Rev. Eric Daishin McCabe   https://youtu.be/yeD1nOYz4UA All of the Sinitic cultures – especially Korea, Japan, and Vietnam – have evolved around ways

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