A practical zen blog

Geography

The purpose of a fishtrap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten. The...

The Transcendental Nature of Shoes

Joseph W. Hall My education in the fundamental nature of the self actually came in college, and was acquired via a long series of classes. Over many years of statistics, spanish, business finance, and through...

Building a Structural Framework for ...

Despite growing up in a microcosm of teenage zen philosophers, not a single one of those ideas managed to bring me though the door of a zen temple.  Instead, I fell into zen while simply trying to shut the...

Awareness Practice

On Nov. 20th, 2011, JW Hall wrote: Bodhisattvas, In zazen, we seek to become develop our sense of awareness of the world around us, to open our senses to every detail, and to discover the hidden impact of our...

The American Practice Period

Long, long ago, deep within the Indian subcontinent, Siddhartha Gautama sat beneath a Bodhi tree and found something that the people who met him afterward called enlightenment.  In time, he found himself...

Class Notes: Sacred Places

The following are the notes from the general discussion of ways to translate monastic practice into the way we live in our homes. This is intended as a point of beginning and you are invited to post your...
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