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From 'Resuming Big Mind', in "Not Always So", by Shunryu Suzuki

“So we don’t practice zazen to attain some big enlightenment that will change our whole being or solve all our problems. That is not the right understanding. 26 more words

Cultivating My Sesshin

Lately I’ve been reading about sesshin, which is the extended periods of zazen that meditators undertake from time to time, usually ranging from a mini-sesshin of three days to a full-blown seven to ten day sessions. 1,020 more words



Hours in silence
time borrowed
and spent

Counting breaths
to keep my focus
and still
my mind wanders away

Are you here?
a quiet voice echoes… 40 more words



I am very new at the Zen practice, soaking as much knowledge as I can when I have the opportunity to do so. I am starting to notice than a lot of the things we do at Zendo are symbolic of something else. 395 more words


08.02.15 Sesshin

Breathing together,

Waves lapping at the shore –

Seep into the sand.


Ango Morning [3]

sounds of tenzo’s teacups
and pots for oatmeal
filter through the zendo’s morning incense,

through my regret
for the unfolding of
the evening before.

a patch of emerging sunlight… 9 more words