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Zen on the Trail

February 10, 2020
Book review by Hokyu JL Aronson Many years ago, still in college, I hitchhiked north from Berkeley to the uppermost reaches of California, my last ride dropping me off at the foot of Mt. Shasta in the southern Cascade Range. I didn’t yet know of the Zen monastery there but I’d come on a quasi-spiritual quest all the same. A friend had recently committed suicide and, in his honor, I wanted to test the fragile membrane of my own existence, going deep into solitude amidst the quiet embrace of a mountain landscape. Zen on the Trail: Hiking as Pilgrimage by...
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Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices

January 30, 2020
Book Review by Finn Jogen Schubert This book is unlike any book I have ever read. Like a quilt, each piece contributes a unique perspective and style, coming together to provide warmth and comfort on the dharma path. Whether you are cisgender, trans, questioning, or something else entirely, you will find fresh perspectives on the dharma that will speak directly to your own experience, as well as perspectives that you may have never considered before. Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices, Edited by Kevin Manders and Elizabeth Marston, North Atlantic Books (2019) Continue reading “Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices” »
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Earth Initiative Winter Update

January 29, 2020
Upstate sangha traveled to Albany on Monday, January 28, to join forces in urging New York state legislators to fully fund the CLCPA (Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) so it can fulfill its far reaching mandate to bring NYS’s carbon production and usage down to zero. Ten sangha members joined with hundreds from all over the state organized by NY Renews to visit with legislators and to rally at the legislative hearing on funding the CLCPA. Continue reading “Earth Initiative Winter Update” »
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ZMM Roundup—Fall Ango 2019

December 29, 2019
Catching up with rites of passage happening during fall ango's 90 days of practice: Jukai for six students, novice ordination, and the Shuso Hossen for senior student Yosha Scott-Childress. Continue reading “ZMM Roundup—Fall Ango 2019” »
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Painting Enlightenment—Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra

December 3, 2019
The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo By Paula Arai Reviewed by Chikan Bacon Continue reading “Painting Enlightenment—Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra” »
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Illuminated Journals

November 30, 2019
By Birgitte J. Haug As fall ango came to an end, Monastery residents gathered to share their three-months of art practice. Led by Hojin Sensei, herself an artist, I felt that her deep interest in the work was contagious. Creative expression in art practice, one of the “eight gates” of Zen training, enriches our practice with something vital and uniquely alive.  hello, puddle... Continue reading “Illuminated Journals” »
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Sangha marks 10th anniversary of Daido Roshi’s passing

October 24, 2019
by Sabine Russ The mountain offered itself in full autumn splendor on Daido Roshi’s tenth memorial day: flaming colors, sharp lines, the most pristine of skies. Such effortless radiance of nature and the light, creating extra rich contrasts—ironically (given the person we were commemorating) a photographer’s field day.  Continue reading “Sangha marks 10th anniversary of Daido Roshi’s passing” »
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Earth Initiative at the Global Climate Strike

October 16, 2019
Sangha members joined with over six million people in a Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019, attending rallies upstate and in NYC and other locations. Led by young people and their supporters inspired by Greta Thunberg’s leadership, the strike was an urgent call to wake up and address the causes of our climate crisis and to ask that governments take the lead. Continue reading “Earth Initiative at the Global Climate Strike” »
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ZMM Podcast: Larry Shainberg discusses his new book “Four Men Shaking”

September 25, 2019
Author Lawrence Shainberg will be at the Zen Center of NYC on Saturday, October 5th for a reading from his new book, Four Men Shaking. We used this as an excuse to catch up with our old friend "Larry-san" and to talk about the new book and how it came into being. Continue reading “ZMM Podcast: Larry Shainberg discusses his new book “Four Men Shaking”” »
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Building Plans

September 23, 2019
Thanks to the generous support of the Sangha, the Jizo Project is close to being fully funded, though we do still have a little ways to go. If we do pass our target of $1.2 million, any further donations will go towards Phase II plans in our ongoing effort to make Zen Mountain Monastery more accommodating and welcoming for all who wish to practice here. Continue reading “Building Plans” »
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