Top Ten Issues for Zen Today

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We've been settling into Portland, ME, since our move here in July. For one thing, Bodhi sure looks comfortable on my zafu, no?For another, people don't sound as "different" as they did when we moved. Heck, the other day I called my old health insurance company in Minneapolis and talked to a nice lady there about an issue that I was having. OMG, did she have a Fargo accent! We don't talk like that around here, that's for gall darn sure!Anyway, we've also been settling into the last few … [Read more...]

What is Earnest Vivid Sitting, How it’s Often Missed in American Zen, and Why it Matters

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  Big life event - retired in early June from a thirty-some year education career (except for a few stints of full time Zen, I'd been at it since I was 22) and headed here to Portland, ME, to start a Zen training center, Great Tides ZenĀ (oh, and please sign up for our newsletter updates in the bottom right sidebar). Our apartment wasn't going to be available until July 1, so we drove from Minnesota to Maine at a leisurely pace. I took the opportunity to listen to a half dozen or so dharma … [Read more...]


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