Spring 2017

Vol. 35 No. 3 Spring 2017
Beginning Mind

You who are like beacons of light
shining through the worlds,
Who passed through the stages of enlightenment,
to attain buddhahood,
freedom from all attachment,
I urge you: all of you protectors,
Turn the ursurpassable wheel of Dharma.

—The Avatamsaka Sutra


Finding Our Way, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Seeking out wakefulness and realization, but do we know how to ask?

This Should Be Easy, Suzanne Taikyo Gilman

The Seven Branches, poem, The Avatamsaka Sutra

One Thing, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Osho
Staying close to another being, even a humble spud, reveals the whole universe.

Learning to See, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Looking around in an intuitive way, a whole new world is revealed.

Arousing the Aspiration for Enlightenment, Dogen Zenji
Ultimate realization is the intention of awakening others before oneself.

Going Within, Joseph Goldstein
When practice finally begins, faith in the Dharma becomes very personal.

My Body Benefits in Solitude, Deborah Hay
What if there is no space between where I am and what I need?

After All I Still Don’t Know, Ron Hogen Green, Sensei
What do you really trust? We always have a choice.

Beginner’s Disease, Ta Hui
In a letter to Layman Chen, Ta Hui guides him back on to the path.

The Gate, poem, Marie Howe

Right View, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
The first guidepost on the path of the Buddha’s teachings.

Meditation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Practice returns our scattered minds to their natural luminosity and wisdom.

Sangha Reflections: Beginning Mind

Sangha Reflections: Beginning Years at Zen Mountain Monastery

Review: The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

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