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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Oxherding Picture 1: Launching the Search Oxherding Picture 1: Launching the Search

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.
We have started a series addressing The Ten Oxherding …

Oxherding Picture 2: Traces of the Ox Oxherding Picture 2: Traces of 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.
I present these pointers on the second of the ten …

Recovery of Our Shadow Recovery of Our Shadow

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books).
A dimension of our existence that depth psychologists have called to our attention is that of our shadow. This refers to that “dark” side of our …

The Zen Teacher As Midwife The Zen Teacher As Midwife

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books).
In Zen practice, one cannot emphasize enough the vital role of the Zen teacher who has charted the paths of this arduous journey to the core …

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 …