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A Life of Zen: Ikkyū, the Crazy Cloud

By Surendra Please, please don’t worry. How many times do I have to say it? There’s no way not to be Who and where you are. The portrait of Ikkyū, by one of his disciples, Bokusai…

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A Dialogue on Sex and Spirit

With Dr. Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D. and Taber Shadburne, MA Deborah: I’ve noticed that when people talk about the union of sexuality and spirituality what they usually mean is taking sex and putting some ritual around it. All…

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The Myth of Enlightenment

by Jinen Jason Shulman There is a pervasive myth about enlightenment which, although repeated by many spiritual teachers, has its origins in a view of spirituality that arises from the misconceptions of the unhealed ego. We…

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Continuous Awakening

Continuous Awakening by Dorothy Hunt   Continuous awakening belongs to only THIS! that is already continuously awake. It will never belong to anything that conceives of itself as separate. No thought can touch it No concept can…

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Escaping the Observer Trap

Are you feeling stuck in your practice? Did meditation lead to big, positive life changes early on, but now years later you’re just sort of treading water with no sense of making progress? Mindfulness meditation is…

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10 Zen Stories

1. A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept…

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Non-Duality ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

In the quiet stream, I swim gently. The murmur of the water lulls my heart. A wave serves as a pillow I look up and see a white cloud against the blue sky, the sound of…

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Guidepost of Silent Illumination

by Master Hongzhi Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you. Dropping judgements and names, sitting serene, Prajna Wisdom lights up the you-before-world. When you reflect it you become vast, where you embody it…

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