Why Be In This Moment? teaching May 29, 2020
The question always comes to, “Why do that?” So now we’re present, now what? Is it for our own enjoyment? That’s okay, that’s nice; we all want our own enjoyment. But that brings us back to suffering because we’re only happy as long as it brings us joy. As soon...
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Struggle and Bliss teaching May 22, 2020
We think we understand what's good and what's bad, but we don't know. So just breathe! And then whatever happens, that's what happens. You learn from all of it. That struggle is powerful. That moment of bliss is also powerful. There is something to be gleaned from all of it. It's just the craving...
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1 Day Online Retreat May 23rd news May 11, 2020

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further...

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Fundraiser 2020 news May 07, 2020

Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center:

Thank you so much for all of your ongoing support. Whether you're a long-time member of Empty Gate Zen Center or a recent first-time visitor to our Zen Center, we value your contributions.

The current situation with the Coronavirus has made funding...

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Letting Go Of Attachment teaching Mar 31, 2020

Letting go of that attachment means that we can be in the real and what’s true. We build this capacity to stay present or we find the capacity we already have. The more we let go of attachment to self, the more we find freedom. We practice to find that place before “Self”. What...

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Cancellations and Online Practice news Mar 30, 2020

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices at our Berkeley, Bosie, and Santa Clara locations due to the COVID-19 situation. In response, we will offer online streams via Zoom. Visit our Weekly Practice Schedule for more info. http://emptygatezen.com/practice-schedule

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The Meditation Pill teaching Mar 25, 2020

If I can connect with what I am doing, I can stay grounded and pay attention to those reactions, see them and not get carried away with them. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the good times or despair the bad times. But if I stay grounded, connected with something beyond my likes and...

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