Rohatsu, Bodhi/Enlightenment Day

Today is the day that Japanese Zen schools celebrate Rohatsu, also known as the Buddha’s enlightenment day (Japanese: Jōdō-e, 成道会). Many Zen Buddhists mark this day often the week leading up to it with diligent practice, as James Ford (from Monkey Mind) did; and here's his post-Rohatsu sesshin post.In the Western Buddhist world, it is probably the second best known Buddhist holiday after Vesak (Pali: Vesākha), which is still celebrated according to the lunar calendar, taking place on the full … [Read more...]

Roshi Joan Halifax is a National Geographic Traveler of the Year

Roshi Joan Halifax via National Geographic

The well-known American Roshi (Zen teacher) Joan Halifax is featured on the National Geographic Traveler website currently. For those who don't know about Roshi Joan already, heave a look at her wiki page or the Upaya Institute and Zen Center, which she founded and currently leads.via National Geographic Traveler: THE HEALERIn 1981, when Joan Halifax trekked high in the Everest region of Nepal, she saw a lethally low level of healthcare. Within years of that visit, the socially engaged … [Read more...]

Zen in America, a Documentary – an interview with Adam Kō Shin Tebbe

Zen in America Documentary

Adam Kō Shin Tebbe is creating the documentary film Zen in America. My friend and fellow Patheos Blogger Danny Fisher discussed the documentary in a recent post at the start of Adam's fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Now over 90% funded, I recently took the opportunity to ask some questions of my own. Have a look at Danny and Adam's conversation (here) to read more about Adam's work, past and future.And with that, we'll dive in... JW: So you are making a documentary about Ze … [Read more...]

Three great Buddhist projects deserving your support

Seth Segal's Walk to Feed the Hungry for Buddhist Global Relief

"The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence," writes Bhikkhu Bodhi in his essay introducing a Wheel publication devoted to generosity in Buddhist practice.There are countless ways you can practice generosity each day, from simply giving some time to a friend or stranger in need, giving comfort, giving consolation, giving respect and recognition, … [Read more...]

Review: The Buddha in the Classroom

buddha in the classroom

Subtitled: "Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers," this is a book filled with much more than just "Zen" wisdom and it will surely inspire pretty much anyone who reads it. The first recipient of a 5 Star rating on this blog, this book is guaranteed to find a place amongst my 'must read and re-read' favorites on my bookshelf. (If she managed to add great photos, like David Bognar's lovely book, I'd have to create a sixth star.)To be fair, some of my appreciation for the book is purely selfish: the … [Read more...]


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