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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Morning Treasures Morning Treasures

Here’s Hakuin again: “Nirvana is openly shown to our eyes. This earth where we stand is the pure lotus land! And this very body, the body of Buddha.” And this, this very practice, is where I come to meet myself-in the morning.

Reflections on Kennedy Retreat Reflections on Kennedy Retreat

Attention is key. Here, for me, is an important synthesis. To what am I paying attention? To what cannot be named or imagined or understood, to “no thing”. I remember that Jesus said the wheat must fall into the ground and die or it cannot give life. That seems the same as saying there is no self. It makes perfect sense even while it makes no sense. It is a hard saying, but I believe it is good to bear it

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 …

The Three Refuges: Part III, The Sangha The Three Refuges: Part III, The Sangha

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 Dharma Refuge (part two).

Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhammam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami
Part III—The Sangha …