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Intimacy With Suffering: Feel the Pain, Heal the Pain

(45) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:18 PM

In Buddhism we talk about the two wings of the bird: Wisdom and Compassion. There are many wisdom teachings, including the teachings about "emptiness." I was preparing to put down some seasonal thoughts on these teachings, which I have been calling the Gift of Nothing, to share with you. But...

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Practicing With "Mistakes"

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 7:32 PM

HOW TO PRACTICE WITH "MISTAKES"

Earlier this year my adult son was having a difficult time. I made myself available to him in various ways, but ultimately I could not cauterize his pain. I felt very bad about what I believed were the selfish, thoughtless mistakes I made as a...

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10 Buddhist Women Every Person Should Know

(59) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 6:54 AM

In 1996 during Fall Practice Period at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, I participated in the first chanting of the names of Buddhist women ancestors. San Francisco Zen Center's Abbess at that time, Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts, led the effort and did the difficult research necessary to create this...

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Zen Buddhist and The Art of Accepting Change

(9) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 10:43 AM

How is it for you when something changes in your life suddenly and unexpectedly? A death of a dear one; change in the status of a personal relationship; a shift in your work life? And how does Zen practice help in such a dynamic situation?

I have been thinking a...

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What Are You Afraid Of? Cultivating Fearlessness In Buddhism

(125) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 4:01 PM

I have been in many meetings over the past several months where the phrase "I am worried about..." seems to be quite popular -- almost a default expression for some people. What I notice when this phrase is used is that is has a strong effect on my energy. It...

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Zen Practice Is Difficult And Dangerous

(234) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 10:10 PM

The world we live in, and the very nature of our mind, push us to stay self-focused and self-protective. We are encouraged to widen our stance in the world by accumulating materials goods, and by pushing away people who are "not like us". We live our lives in a constant...

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