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online meditation meeting. 9 january 2022

slice of wood showing tree rings with dried flowers and piece of dried grass with a seed head sitting atop it

i enjoy online zazen periods where we all sit together in silence. no dharma talk, just the sounds of the inkin (a type of hand-held striking bell) along with the background sounds from our various locales. the coming together to do our individual work is the coming together as a community.

in late august, i started an online meditation period on monday mornings, but have changed the time to 6 p.m. scottish time, to better accommodate people's schedules. the zazen period lasts twenty-five minutes. it begins with three strikes of the inkin bell and ends with one.

the video conferencing application used is Jitsi Meet, an open source and ethical application (no tracking or mining of user's data) that works across multiple platforms. also, no account creation is needed to use the service, just the app or a web link.

here is the meeting link. as this is an inclusive and active meditation period, please enable the camera.

if you have questions, send me an email.

gassho,

daishin

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online meditation meeting. 26 august 2021

slice of wood showing tree rings with dried flowers and piece of dried grass with a seed head sitting atop it

a necessary component of zen buddhist practice, for any contemplative practice really, is sangha — community. with the pandemic still raging and many zen centers and temples closed, we need community all the more.

i will host an online meditation period on mondays — no dharma talk, no conversation; just meditation together — at 5 a.m. scottish time.

the video conferencing application used is Jitsi Meet, an open source and ethical application (no tracking or mining of user's data) that works across multiple platforms. also, no account creation is needed to use the service, just the app or a web link.

the first meeting will take place on august 30th. here is the meeting link. as this is an inclusive and active meditation period, please enable the camera.

if you have questions, send me an email.

gassho,

daishin

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poems published on Buddhistdoor. 20 may 2021

i recently joined the regular writers at Buddhistdoor Teahouse. here are the poems i've had published there so far:

Moisture Pond life Moonsilver Festering feast The pigeon Different expectations

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palm of the hand teachings. 22 july 2020

buddhahood means awareness.

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palm of the hand teachings. 6 june 2020

as practice deepens, we fade away.

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palm of the hand teachings. 22 may 2020

only when you accept that one day you will die, can you start living.

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burden. 25 april 2020

a hut at the edge of a forest. it had no door and was dark on the inside.

i stepped into the hut to get out of the elements.

inside, i sat down on the floor, the entrance on my right.

something in the corner to my left had a halo glow. a staff with a three-pronged headpiece moved in the illuminated shadow.

it asked what dirt i brought inside.

“arrogance and impatience,” i answered.

the clangor of bells and gongs filled the space.

something hot yet cold touched my forehead.

it said if i kept walking the dirt would wash away, that anger was water.

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