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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What I’m Reading Now What I’m Reading Now

Buddha Volume 1-Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka
Last November of 2010, arriving early on the final night of MKZC’s Tuesday night sit at the Crow Collection, Joni and I wandered upstairs to the sitting/reading room that’s above …

Near Death: Portal to Dimensions of Life Near Death: Portal to Dimensions of Life

By Lucille Enix
Twenty-five years ago, I fell into a dimension of life I had no concept existed. The event started with a blinding pain in my abdomen. They wheeled me into surgery, and from there …

MKZC Teachers MKZC Teachers

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)

Dogs and Cats Know it, Zen Students Do Not! Dogs and Cats Know it, Zen Students Do Not!

By Lee Ann Nail
I am amazed that if you ask someone about their dog or cat their hearts and minds open instantly. It’s like saying ‘Open Sesame!’ It can be anybody, Zen student or not. …

Honoring Teachers Past and Present Honoring Teachers Past and Present

By Ed Brickell
In my earliest days of running, when I was chosen for my elementary school’s relay team, I was guided by our coach—a haunted-looking history and gym teacher with small, sad eyes like brown …