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A Clay Buddha Can't Pass through Water: Exploring the Mystery of Creation


An All Inclusive Heart - Dissolving the Walls of Oppression

Let me respectfully remind you.
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to Awaken.
Awaken. Take heed. Do not squander your life.

"When did you first realize that you were going to die? How old were you?" Chozen Roshi asks during a Sunday Dharma Talk.

4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 25, 60, still awakening to this reality.


Embodied Compassion: Transforming this World of Pain to Paradise

May every living being, our minds as One and radiant with light, share the fruits of peace.


Living the Heart's Aspiration: A Teacher is Born

In our tradition living by vow is the way to truly respect our life potential, cherishing and not taking for granted the brief opportunity of this lifetime.


Complete Awakening: Practicing at Sogenji by Soten

Sogenji was pretty good to me….


Filling a Silver Bowl with Snow

The entire universe is One Bright Pearl. It means that the entire universe is neither vast nor minute, neither square nor round. It is not neutral, not active, and not obvious.


Are You Afraid of This Happiness?

Every November, we host a weeklong silent meditation retreat themed on generosity and gratitude. In this spirit, we do not charge a fixed rate for the retreat, but instead ask for donations of food. The cook then only uses the food that is given to craft the meals for the week. A container woven together from the generosity of the Sangha, we enter the retreat aware of and opened to the dance of giver, receiver and gift, somehow sitting on the apex of each.