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 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…

Resolve to Begin: Training in the Preliminaries

For those of you who were unable to attend the first two weeks of Appamada Alpine, I wanted to give you a summary of what went down (besides butts on cushions) and where we’re going from here. Each Thursday will feature two periods of zazen: one at 6:15am and one at 6:15pm. The morning sit is designed for those of us…