Just Hear The Bell teaching May 07, 2021

When the bell was hit tonight during the Evening Bell Chant, some people thought, “Uhmm, wonderful… Oh, great!” Other people thought, “Not loud enough!” Other people said, “I wish he’d do it faster!” Somebody else said, “What’s he...

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The Meaning of Buddha's Birthday teaching Apr 30, 2021

Once a year, our school celebrates Buddha's birthday. We celebrate the birth of a man who was born somewhere between 2,500 - 2,600 years ago. But the meaning of this in Zen is not celebrating a man; it's celebrating this awakening. But it's not his awakening; it's our awakening. So what is our...

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Good Situation Or Bad Situation? teaching Apr 23, 2021

There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.

"Maybe," said the farmer

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild...

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Wake Up From The Dream teaching Apr 16, 2021

The challenge is to use our practice to cultivate awareness, to be honest enough and to train ourselves to be able to witness and watch the ever-changing flow of emotion, thoughts, projections, and experience that goes on in our minds. If we don't pay attention, then our minds make and rule...

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The Ten Thousand Samadhis Are Not Necessary teaching Apr 02, 2021

Deep pine tree valley:

Sitting quietly,

The moon was bright last night.

The ten thousand samadhis are not necessary.

When thirsty, drink.

When tired, sleep

By Zen Master Hahn Am

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What is ā€œIā€? teaching Mar 26, 2021

What is this thing that I call, “I”?  What is it really? We think we know who we are—we have stories about ourselves. But what is it really?  We have our own limited human perception of things, and that's good, that helps us somewhat. But it's not the truth.

We create...

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How To Enter Buddhahood teaching Mar 12, 2021

A monk asked a master, "I just became a monk and would like to know how to enter Buddhahood."

The master said, "Do you hear the waterfall?"

"Yes I do" replied the monk.

Master said, "Enter there."

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This Moment Is Our Life teaching Mar 05, 2021

If you go into the realm of metaphysics about life after life after life, you're in the world of supposition. But take everything about our past actions creating a future life and substitute the word “moment” for “life”. Our action in this moment creates our life in the...

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Great Effort teaching Feb 13, 2021

Great Effort, I think of as the hinge-point of our practice. If we don't have this great effort, then we really don't have a practice. Because unless we bring our practice to the difficult parts of our lives, it's not much of a practice. In fact, what often seems to happen is many people will...

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Authentic Natural Self teaching Jan 22, 2021

"Before thinking" is easy to talk about but difficult to practice. Our desire, anger, and ignorance are so powerful, so encompassing, and solid that we don’t even recognize their impact. Many people who first hear about before thinking find it absurd. Others feel that it is impossible to...

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Cause and Effect teaching Jan 15, 2021

That combination of the cause and the action leads to a result. That result becomes the next cause. I remember Zen Master Seung Sahn pretending to hold a match in his hand, and he said, “This match is the cause. Fire is the result.” But you need to strike the match in order to...

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This Moment Is The Answer teaching Dec 18, 2020

We're actually more focused on the question than the answer because answers change. There's no one fixed answer. The point of questions is to open us up to the experience of our lives. So, this moment is the answer. Our practice is to open up to this moment. It's usually our ideas, our opinions,...

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