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Free Jarvis Jay Masters!

The African American Buddhist author Jarvis Jay Masters is one of those inmates. He’s been on death row for more than three decades for a crime that he and his team of supporters and lawyers say he did not commit: the prison murder of a corrections guard.

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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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Thanksgiving Message

Prison is not just a place in our minds.  In Buddhism we talk about how the mind is our worst prison, but that the mind can also liberate us.  However, there are real prisons all around us…

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Two Causes for Enlightenment

If Enlightenment is possible here and now and in this lifetime regardless of prior knowledge or practice, the question remains whether Enlightenment happens by grasping it or by letting it go.  Zen Master Dogen, in speaking to his assembly during the celebration of the Enlightenment of the Buddha tells us that there are two causes and conditions for accomplishing the Buddha Way.

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Crossroads

Approaching the varieties of religious expression and trying to make sense of them can be daunting to the casual observer.  The World’s Religions are a peacock’s feathers display of color.  There are differences in language, ceremony, and religious attire, as well as customs and histories making it all very confusing.

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Not Realizing It

The Soto school of Zen is not concerned with whether we have some special experience or an “aha” moment or insight.  Shunryu Suzuki Roshi says, “These forms are not a means of obtaining the right state of mind.  To take this [zazen] posture is itself the right state of mind.  There is no need to obtain some special state of mind.”

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Yin and Yang

Many are familiar with the yin-yang symbol, but few of us know what it means or how it is applied to real life.  In Zen Master Dogen’s time this symbol was taken for granted.  Not just Dogen Zenji, but all of Japanese culture connects the solstice with the yin-yang energy that fluctuates depending on the time of year.

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Practice as though your head were on fire?

Is your head on fire?  I’m guessing it is not.  However, do you really want to end your suffering here and now?  I’m guessing you do, but generally we don’t believe it can be done and we may end up settling for coping with suffering.  Meanwhile, the happiness of the present moment continues to elude us. 

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The Price

“You can do anything you want in your life, but you have to know the price for it and be willing to pay it.”  -Mrs.

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