Zen in Japan: Dogen Zenji (Part 5)

In spring hundreds of flowers, in autumn the clear moon,
In summer a cool breeze, and in winter the white snow,
if your mind is free of vanity, then every season is fine.”

In Part 5 of this series, we delve into the mystery and promise of Zen, particularly Zen in Japan … as we continue to explore the fundamental question: Is the Eastern Wisdom of India, Tibet and Japan relevant  in contemporary American Culture?

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Pir Elias: Meditations on Nondual Awakening

“Open now into the clear presence of this moment … silent and open …” ~ Elias Amidon

Free Medicine – Meditations on Nondual Awakening, is a recently published book by a “soon to be added” teacher: Pir Elias Amidon. Connie Shaw, the publisher, graciously offered 3 chapters, as a PDF, for free download in this post.

“… This book is a companion for those whose deepest desire is to experience first-hand the good news at the heart of reality … it’s revealed in the ceaseless spontaneity of the present moment …”

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The Peace That Surpasses All Understanding (Part 4)

“… You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself …” ~ Alan Watts

We resume the multi-part series titled: Is the Eastern Wisdom relevant to me in contemporary American Culture? … 

In Part 4 of this ongoing series we explore retracing the adventures of Westerners in Japan with Zen.

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Rumi: Discernment and Surrender

You said, “Who’s at the door?”
I said. “Your slave.”

You said, “What do you want?”
I said. “To see you and bow.”

“You said, “Who did you come with?”
The majestic imagination you gave me.”

Enjoy Rumi’s entire poem “Talk through the door” …

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Henry Shukman: Koan Training in the West

“… Understanding “self” as a “sensorium” constructed from several channels of experience, and seeing through the illusion … seeing through to Zero, the fundamental infinite-empty-oneness of self and world, space and time …” Henry Shukman

Henry writes a message in Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s weekly newsletter. This post is his message from the January 24, 2017 weekly Newsletter …

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Shams of Tabriz: Love & The Soul of Fire

“Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.” ~ Shams of Tabriz

Enjoy the full poem on love by Shams-e-Tabriz, the man totally “annihilated in God,” who was instrumental in bringing us the gift of Rumi!

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