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Rumi: Two Kinds of Intelligence

There are two kinds of intelligence:

one acquired,
as a child in school
memorizes facts and concepts

There is another …
one 
already completed
and preserved inside you.

A spring overflowing its springbox.

Continue reading to enjoy full poem …

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 4 of 7)

” …enlightenment is the end of the one who cares about being enlightened or unenlightened..” -Joan Tollifson

Whenever there is confusion and seeking, it’s a clue that thought is busy chasing its own tail. Actuality is simple.  Continue Joan Tollifson’s compelling exploration of the Simplicity of What Is in Part 4 of this seven part series.

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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 9 of 10)

“Experiencing self, other and world as empty is to joyfully experience one’s place in a light, free, open-ended, interpenetrating webwork of relations and dependencies. Lightness and joy come from no longer feeling as though reality has or needs a foundation “ ~ Greg Goode

In Part 9 of this series, Greg continues his overview of emptiness with The Pivotal Step, becoming completely “clear about our conception of inherent existence,” and exploration of The Experience of Emptiness.

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 3 of 7)

“Notice that everything is constantly changing, and yet, it all happens in this ever-present Here and Now. This timeless immediacy can’t be pinned down, nor can it be avoided.” -Joan Tollifson

Continue Joan Tollifson’s compelling exploration of the Here and Now in Part 3 of this seven part series The Simplicity of What Is.

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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 8 of 10)

“According to the Buddhist path, one trains to stabilize the attention, abandon harmful actions, take up helpful actions, generate patience and compassion, and meditate on the nature of self and other.” ~ Greg Goode

In Part 8, Greg continues his overview of emptiness with  How to Realize Emptiness.

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Zen and Work: Sanbo Zen (Part 9)

“Nurturing and supporting “kensho”, realization of the way in Zen, is Sanbo Zen’s primary mission. It may be the only practice dedicated solely to awakening, followed by the complete integration of that direct experience into every aspect of life.

In this final part of our series (Part 9) we learn about Sanbo Zen and its dynamic Abbot Ryoun Yamada Roshi.

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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 7 of 10)

“According to the Buddhist path, one trains to stabilize the attention, abandon harmful actions, take up helpful actions, generate patience and compassion, and meditate on the nature of self and other.” ~ Greg Goode

In Part 8, Greg continues his overview of emptiness with  How to Realize Emptiness.

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 2 of 7)

“Reality can’t ever be captured in concepts” -Joan Tollifson

“Is it possible that the peace and well-being we seek…cannot be found or satisfied by answers or attainments or experiences of any kind?”  Continue Joan Tollifson’s exploration of life’s universal questions in Part 2 of this seven part series The Simplicity of What Is.

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Zen: The Birth of Sanbokyodan – Sanbo Zen (Part 8)

“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” ~ Dogen Zenji

In Part 8 of this series, we explore how Sanbokyodan influenced Zen in America … as part of our ongoing exploration of the fundamental question: Is the Eastern Wisdom of India, Tibet and Japan relevant  in contemporary American Culture?

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Zen for Troubled Times – Henry Shukman

Do not follow the ideas of others, but
learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Your body and mind will become clear,
and you will realize the unity of all things
– Dogen 1200-1253

Zen was born in a time of Crisis. During the Chinese Tang dynasty between 600-900 AD the two great traditions of Buddhism and Taoism fused and became Zen.

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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 6 of 10)

“…inherent existence is the kind of existence that things do not have. Things actually lack inherent existence, because they exist as dependent arisings.” ~ Greg Goode

In Part 6, Greg continues his overview of emptiness by exploring Inherent Existence and its relationship with emptiness and dependent arising.

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 1 of 7)

“Ultimate Reality is right here in plain view. It is never hidden, it requires no belief, and it is utterly beyond all doubt.” – Joan Tollifson

“What is life all about? Does it mean anything? Where are we looking for happiness or liberation? Do we have free will? What is enlightenment and how can I get it? …. The thinking mind wants to find answers to these questions.” Joan Tollifson explores these questions in this seven part series.

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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 5 of 10)

“…we are not separate and independent entities, but rather we exist in dependence on webworks of relations and transactions …” ~ Greg Goode

In Part 5 of this series, Greg continues his overview of emptiness … and explores Emptiness and Dependent Arising, Conventional Existence, and Emptiness Itself is Empty …

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