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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Rediscovering the Breath Rediscovering the Breath

by Ruben Habito
Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books)
It seems that most of us living in this fast-paced contemporary society have actually forgotten how to breathe. Not that we have ceased to perform the biological function …

Cultivating Peace in a Violent World Cultivating Peace in a Violent World

by Ruben Habito
As we welcome the New Year 2008, we are made acutely aware of the fact that we all live in a world wracked by violence on so many fronts. The recent assassination of …

When No Wind Stirs: A Tale of Enlightenment and Love When No Wind Stirs: A Tale of Enlightenment and Love

By Ruben Habito
Foreword to Thomas Hand, S.J.,
If you were told by an authoritative source that you would die within a few months, how then would you spend those last precious months of your life on …

Foreword to The Gateless Gate Foreword to The Gateless Gate

by Ruben Habito
Koun Yamada Roshi (1906-1989), author of this volume of Zen talks (teisho) on a thirteenth-century collection of koans entitled Gateless Gate (Wumen-kuan), is most likely to be remembered in posterity as one of …

Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans

by Ruben Habito
Invitation to an Inward Journey
The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that …

You are My Beloved, Be Still and Know… You are My Beloved, Be Still and Know…

by Ruben Habito
(originally delivered at Perkins Chapel, Sept. 10, 2003)
When I was a theological student preparing for ordination in the Roman Catholic priesthood in the 1960’s and 70’s, one of my professors conveyed a point …