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February 6, 2015
by Robert Rosenbaum

Some years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how to bow during service, how to walk in the zendo, how to eat during formal meals. Afterwards one student asked: “Why do Zen teachers talk about these things so much? Why don't I hear them speak more about love?"

The speaker,...

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Some years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how...

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February 4, 2015
by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

From The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.

Tracking the Footprints of Invisible Monsters

I was south of Tamil Nadu, India, dreaming. My bed was on fire and I was lying in it. Blue flames shot up around me and I became frightened that I would burn to death. I anticipated the pain...

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February 4, 2015
by The Dalai Lama

From Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron.

Over the years I have spoken many times about bhikṣuṇī ordination and expressed my wish and hope that this ordination will be given in our Mūlasarvāstivāda vinaya tradition. When Śāntarakṣita brought the bhikṣu ordination lineage to...

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From Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron....

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February 4, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

A helpful list from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith.

Physical

1. Do I avoid becoming overtired by regularly getting enough sleep or resting when I need to?

2. Do I dress warmly or coolly enough for the seasonal temperature? Do I...

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A helpful list from ...

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February 3, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

This is an excerpt from Jean Smith’s new book, Life is Spiritual Practice.

1. Generosity is believed to be common to all beings and to be the easiest of the perfections to practice, so one begins with it. Its chief characteristic is the...

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This is an excerpt from Jean Smith’s new...

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January 29, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe
14.Loving-Kindness

Resolution: May cultivating metta practice concentrate my mind and open my heart.Mantra: May loving-kindness define my relationships with others.

So you’ve reached the point where you say, “Okay, I want my life ...

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14.Loving-Kindness

Resolution: May cultivating metta practice...

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