The Practice of Zen

Zen can offer something very simple, very direct and readily accessible to anyone seeking inner peace, seeking healing in some form, or seeking answers to questions such as ‘Who am I?’ ‘How can I find meaning in my life?’ ‘How can I live in a most authentic way?’

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Taken at the 2011 Rohatsu Sesshin in December 2011. Pictured from left to right: Joe Benenate, Lee Ann Nail, Helen Cortes, Ruben L.F. Habito, Maria Reis-Habito, and Valerie Forstman (Photographer: Paul Welch)

Poetry Scroll 4 Poetry Scroll 4

Mountain Standard Time
One hour up the trail
I would’ve whooped for joy
If I’d had the energy
Kinhin up a mountain
Where the balance of each step
Where the buzzards glide
You hear the wind in
their wings
Hope they don’t shit in …

Poetry Scroll 3 Poetry Scroll 3

Watch Your
your step;
the dogshit
in your path
is really
Watch Your
(part II)
on the other hand,
watch your step;
the dogshit
in your path
is really
no wonder my hands stink,
cleaning this stuff
off my feet
& looking for
Listening to the Ants Scream?
right eye
has opened;
what is …

Poetry Scroll 2 Poetry Scroll 2

Short Breaths
Mountain trail–breath
Going up, going down
Deep lake below.
Tear down the fences,
leave the gates.
I cut the grass–
Green smells
Nightfall Stars
A child
Rock on the ground
Moon in the cosmos–
Breathe this.
The unreturned call–
Silent gaze
Two crossed paws.
May the
Big Buddha
Moon & Sun
Rise …

Poetry Scroll I Poetry Scroll I

When I am There,
I’d rather be Somewhere…