What Is Zazen?

What Is Zazen? What is “zazen” or “zuochan”?  Westerners have become familiar with the terms “mindfulness”  and “meditation.”  Often, they are used interchangeably. Studying each, even within a secular framework, soon makes one realize they are actually two slightly different methods for bringing a person into . . .

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Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu

Buddhism and Martial Arts are one. The study of martial arts requires great concentration. When a person focuses their mind on practicing their martial arts, they clear their mind of all distracting thoughts. This is analogous to Ch’an (Zen) meditation, where a person tries to . . .

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Walking The Warrior’s Path

There are people who have a stirring inside them–—qualities that lay dormant, potential untapped, energy to give and aspirations unfulfilled. You’re one of these people. You’re not afraid of idealism. You engage with the world. You embrace the mystery of our existence and humanity’s aptitude . . .

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Dharma Talk – What Is Dharma Transmission?

Buddhist practice often speaks about “dharma transmission”  –  the idea that there is a moment the student fully realizes the teachings being passed down or “transmitted” from their teacher.  What does this idea of dharma transmisson really mean?

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Mindfulness & Movement

Mindfulness practice connects us to our present moment.We become very aware of the here happening right now.Do we have that awareness when we start to move?The breath is available to anchor this present now.We focus on breath to find stillness, usually while sitting in a . . .

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Dharma Talk On The Intimacy Of Practice

What can it mean to be intimate with another person? How do our practices help us realize that intimacy? Forms and exercises allow us to “just be” with each other and help us find that intimacy in daily life. 

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Damo’s Turning Away – A Lesson In Social Engagement

Dharma talk on one of Damo’s adventures in China. Damo (or Bodhidharma) is the 28th Patriarch of Buddhism and the first patriarch of Zen.   He brought his practice and teachings to China in 527 CE and is widely known for sitting in a cave . . .

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The Original Sacrifice – Damo & Huike

Dharma talk on the fortuitous acceptance of Huike as Damo’s student. In 527 CE, an Indian monk the Chinese call Damo (Bodhidharma) came to Shaolin. The legend says he sat in meditation in a cave near the Temple for nine years. But this alone was . . .

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