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New Year’s Greetings, 2014 New Year’s Greetings, 2014

Dear Friends,
As we celebrate the New Year 2014, we echo an aspiration shared by all people of good will throughout the world, conveyed in a short prayer found in the early Buddhist Scripture …

Discover Your Hidden Treasure Discover Your Hidden Treasure

One of my favorite Zen kōans is about a monk named Qingshui (pronounced Seizei in Japanese), who asks his teacher, Caoshan, “Master, I am alone and poor. Help me to become prosperous.” Caoshan responds, addressing …

Dear Friends on the Zen Path, New Year’s Greetings, 2012 Dear Friends on the Zen Path, New Year’s Greetings, 2012

As we enter the 2012th year of the western calendar, which is also the Year of the Dragon in the East Asian cycle, we are made aware from many fronts that we live in troubled …

Oxherding Picture 3: Seeing the Ox Oxherding Picture 3: Seeing the Ox

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of articles on The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures. View all the available articles of the series here.
By way of preparation for this third picture, let me …

The Three Refuges: Part I, The Buddha The Three Refuges: Part I, The Buddha

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: This is the first out of three articles on The Three Refuges. Read the Dharma Refuge (part two) and Sangha Refuge (part three) here.
Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhammam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami
Part I–The …

The Three Refuges: Part II, The Dharma The Three Refuges: Part II, The Dharma

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: This is the second out of three articles on The Three Refuges. Read the Buddha Refuge (part one) and Sangha Refuge (part three).
Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhammam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami
Part II—The Dharma …