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…

Please Note Our Holiday Schedule

Appamada Alpine will be closed on December 27th and January 3rd for our holiday break. We will reopen for morning and evening zazen on Wednesday, January 10th. We wish you a joyous holiday season!

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 10: Always Train In The Slogans

While this slogan may seem like something of a pause and an invitation to revisit the slogans we’ve taken up these last 10 months, the wording is important. This slogan is reminding us to practice with the slogans in our actual, everyday experiences. We have to be careful to not make these intellectual playthings. They’re…

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….

Why we sit…

In this short video taken by a high school student comparing religious practices, Appamada teacher Peg Syverson describes her path. https://youtu.be/qS5HnNwewa0

Awareness of Space: June 14th’s Concentration Practice

While I was in England last week, Mary and Lindsay led the group in concentration practice, kinhin, and zazen. Mary selected one of Loch Kelly’s glimpse practices. Here’s a description of the meditation if you’d like to try it at home: Awareness of Space – In the Buddhist tradition it has a few other names; Choiceless Awareness,…

Zen in The United Kingdom

From June 6 through 15, my son and I engaged in a sort of genealogical scavenger hunt throughout England. It’s a beautiful country–so verdant and kind-hearted. I loved every moment of our time there. I’ve posted a slew of photos here. During our travels, I had the opportunity to visit three different sanghas, Stonewater Zen…

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…