Science and Buddhism

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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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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Mountains Walk

Don’t Be Fooled By Walking Mountains

Bald Eagle Mountain range was not named after the bird, as I once thought, but a leader within the Lenape (better known as the Delaware) tribe, a community of indigenous people that still exists today. This tribe has three clans within it, one of which is known as the “Muncy.”

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The Genuine Ancestors

The Genuine Ancestors Monk bowing to tree.  By Daishin Sitting at the edge of a small, sparsely wooded area on my college campus, the trees

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DNA Come, Ego Go

“The buddhas of all times right now share the same eyes and hands with you, and practice and affirm this for the whole three hundred

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Opening the Sense Gates

I remember a long time ago my teacher sharing how zazen meditation really gets you in touch with the wonders of the present moment.  She

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