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Join us this Wednesday for …

Posted on Jul 30 , 2012 in Blog

Join us this Wednesday for dinner at 5:30pm followed by chanting, sitting and kong-an interviews with José… http://t.co/oOE6PEf6

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Who screams? http://t.co/EXLaqPA4

Posted on Jul 28 , 2012 in Blog

Who screams? http://t.co/EXLaqPA4

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Precepts ceremony at PZC! http://t.co/v8GPAnHJ

Posted on Jul 28 , 2012 in Blog

Precepts ceremony at PZC! http://t.co/v8GPAnHJ

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Cutting the cake. Thank you …

Posted on Jul 28 , 2012 in Blog

Cutting the cake. Thank you Zen Master Seung Sahn! http://t.co/ylTrReg8

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Dharma School Children show off …

Posted on Jul 28 , 2012 in Blog

Dharma School Children show off their new garden sign! http://t.co/a3YF9FBQ

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Whole lot of cooking going …

Posted on Jul 28 , 2012 in Blog

Whole lot of cooking going on! http://t.co/Pj3Xlh6E

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Join all or parts of …

Posted on Jul 27 , 2012 in Blog

Join all or parts of Founder’s Day this weekend!! http://t.co/hGcpA2lC

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Getting ready for Sangha Weekend! …

Posted on Jul 26 , 2012 in Blog

Getting ready for Sangha Weekend! http://t.co/981DuMPH

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Sink Into This World

Posted on Jun 06 , 2012 in Blog

Here is a great blog post about sitting a week of Kyol Che from Kwan Um School of Zen member Mike Bruffee. Click here to head over to his blog to read the whole article:

“Even five years ago, if you told me I would be spending a week doing this, I would have laughed in your face…But it was a great place to hang out for a week. How often do we close our mouths and let the world speak for a change?”

Photo c/o Arunas Kulikauskas

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Meditation Techniques

Posted on May 17 , 2012 in Blog

By Abbot Jason Quinn

There are a million different types of meditation techniques and they’re all the same. Once, Zen Master Seung Sahn said, when sitting meditation “you can say Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola….doesn’t matter.”

When we teach meditation to someone new to our school, we teach them to breath-in and say to themselves “clear mind, clear mind, clear mind…don’t know.” The reason why we give this phrase is to reminds us of how to practice and why we practice. “Clear mind” points to how we keep our mind right now in this moment. What do you hear right now? What do you see right now? What do you perceive right now in this very moment? “Don’t know” points to the direction of our practice. Why do we practice? Is it for a good feeling? Do we want to get some kind of experience? Is it to return to our true self? What am I? Don’t know……..

Whatever technique we use, it is important to not fight our thinking. Meditation doesn’t mean just think about whatever we want. It also doesn’t mean cut off all of our thinking. Don’t push it away and don’t hold on to it. When you’re doing any kind of meditation technique, naturally thinking will appear. That’s fine, that’s correct. But when it appears, just perceive it and gently come back to your breath, to what you see, what you hear. Come back to just this very moment.