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...]

Dogen Zen and Vinegar

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A couple days ago at work I was cleaning the coffee maker in my office by running vinegar through it. After the first person came in and said, "Wow, that smell brings me back. I'm in my grandmother's kitchen in Louisiana in 1960 and she's cooking greens," I began to ask each passing guest what they were reminded of by the smell.One person said, "I'm thinking of my dad on a hot summer day while we were growing up. He always used vinegar to treat sunburn."Another said, "Smells like taking … [Read more...]


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