On Putting Unitive Awareness to Work in an Online Community

      We're in the middle of a twelve-week practice period in the Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for Zen Training and are having some conflict - a very good sign, imv, of practitioners digging in and taking this work personally. And then learning what needs to be dropped and how not to take it personally.First, a little background.Before the practice period begins, participants consider a personalized theme for their practice … [Read more...]

The Future of Zen Practice in One Word: Celebrating Successes and Embracing Technology

Most Zen practitioners today do what I call "home-based practice" rather than monastic or center-based practice. This is one of the big differences between the past and the contemporary world that Zen training must address to be relevant and powerful.A couple thoughts about this today thanks to a gHangout meeting with Steve.First, I've found it helpful to think about home-based practice more like hermit practice than monastic practice. Here's one important difference - in monastic … [Read more...]

New Twists in Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for Zen Training

Yes, I've jumped into the online world, determined to offer the best Zen training possible.I'm not excluding in-the-flesh work at all but offering the Vine of Obstacles as part of the mix, depending on the person and their circumstances, intent on utilizing the available technology to facilitate practitioners' practice-awakening projects through a personalized approach.Another post-traditional aspect of this work is my teacher role. Especially in this format, I see myself more as a coach … [Read more...]

Invitation to Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for Zen Training

   “Practice intimately, working within, like a fool, like an idiot. If you can achieve continuity, this is called the host within the host.” - Cave Mountain Virtuous Servant Overview This post-traditional Zen training is designed for practitioners living at home who yearn to realize and actualize the great matter of birth and death. “Vine of Obstacles” acknowledges the difficulty of following through with our practice aspirations in the midst of daily life and the truth that this very bind can … [Read more...]