Challenges & Obstacles

Face to Face: Becoming a Student in Real Life

(transcribed from the first day’s talk at the 2016 Face to Face January retreat where we were studying Dogen’s chapter “Kajo” or “Everyday Activity”) Homage to the Buddha, our original cook, Shakyamuni Homage to the Dharma, everyday rice and tea Homage to the Sangha, those awakened to rice and tea How fitting that our founder’s …

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Our Dark Places: For Gensei

Death is a time of reflection like no other. On March 15, at what I imagine to have been some overwhelming moment of despair when being in this world seemed too much for him, our dharma friend Ross Gensei Morris took his own life. He was 37. We had lost touch these last few years, but in the early days of practice, he was a dear brother.