Lojong 18: Practice For Death As Well As For Life

This month, we take up our 18th Lojong slogan together, Practice For Death As Well As For Life.  Here’s what Norman Fischer has to say about practicing with death: The first three points mostly have to do with training under special circumstances, especially in difficult times, times of suffering or trouble. Compassion requires that we be…

Lojong 16, Lojong 17 & Break

My how the last two months have flown. The end of the school year was a blur, and somehow I’ve managed not to update the site since April. Let’s fix that! In May, we wrapped up the third of the seven Lojong points (or categories), Transform Bad Circumstances Into The Path, with the 16th slogan, Whatever You…

Lojong 14: See Confusion As Buddha & Practice Emptiness

Before presenting you with this month’s slogan, please take note that we will be closed next Wednesday in observation of one of the holiest of holidays to educators and students alike, Spring Break. We will be open tomorrow morning and night, though (March 7, 2018), so please join us for zazen. See Confusion as Buddha and…

Lojong 13: Be Grateful To Everyone

Happy New Year! Our January was full of travel and then getting settled back into school and work with a little illness thrown in for good measure. Everyone is back up to snuff, now, and so we begin a new year of practice together. I’m so grateful! Through February, we’ll take up our 13th lojong…

Lojong Slogan 12: Drive All Blames Into One

It’s hard to believe, but a year has gone by since Appamada Alpine opened for weekly zazen. That brings us to our twelfth Lojong slogan, which we took up on December 6th. It packs a powerful punch and it may well be the most well-known of the slogans… Drive All Blames Into One. “Drive all blames…

Lojong Slogan 11: Turn All Mishaps Into The Path

Our Lojong slogan for November is, as phrased by Zen teacher Norman Fischer, Turn All Mishaps Into The Path. This 11th slogan kicks off the next section of slogans, “Transform Bad Circumstances Into The Path”. As Fischer describes it: Turn all mishaps into the path, sounds at first blush completely impossible. How would you do…

Lojong Slogan 9: Turn Things Around

Three Objects, Three Poisons, Three Seeds of Virtue Our Lojong slogan for September is, as phrased by Zen teacher Norman Fischer, Turn Things Around. Please join us tonight at 6:10 as Mary briefly introduces the slogan followed by 15 minutes of seated meditation, 10 minutes of walking meditation and a final 30 minutes of seated meditation….

Lojong 6: In Post meditation, Be A Child Of Illusion

During Wednesday’s compassion practice we explored Lojong Slogan 6: In Postmeditation Be A Child Of Illusion. Norman Fischer was our guide into this territory and we read from the following excerpt: 2010 https://goo.gl/zszACI Following this reading, members sat for a few minutes in silent contemplation. In discussion that followed personal childhood qualities once had were shared…

Gaia Contemplation: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Gaia Meditation for the Planet and Its Inhabitants Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Joanna Macy’s Five Personal Guidelines for The Great Turning As you may recall from our last Gaia meditation in February, the great work of bodhisattvas is to make and help others make what Joanna Macy calls, The Great Turning. There are, according to…