Author Archives: Jiryu Mark

There Is No Seeing Clearly

These days, “after Dallas,” I’ve been thinking a lot about bias – this thing we are supposed to overcome, the root of so much suffering and destruction in our country and world.  And I’ve been thinking about it in terms … Continue reading

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Mindfulness or Menmitsu?

I’m not alone in feeling that the practice of mindfulness has utterly transformed my life.  When I say that Zen gave me my life, I’m basically talking about mindfulness – that simple and life-changing instruction to pay close attention to … Continue reading

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Online Dharma and Cheese Sandwich Buddhism

  One of my favorite stories from our San Quentin Sangha is of the guy who ended up in our group as part of a long and involved strategy to get a cheese sandwich.  In a nutshell: Buddhists can be … Continue reading

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Breath

After much back-and-forth and much hand-wringing (“how can online Dharma possibly be authentic or responsive?” “what can I possibly say about breath and how could anyone possibly care?!”), I’m stepping from the hundred foot pole and into the pixelated dust of … Continue reading

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The Right Relationship of Priest and Lay

I’ve been surprised to see how much engagement and reaction there has been to my last blog post here and across a few facebook conversations, so I realize I should probably peek out from behind my shield of impartiality and … Continue reading

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AHHH!!! The Laypeople are Taking Over Zen!

Another in a series of posts trying to think through and share some “takeaways” from my recent graduate work and thesis about Soto Zen in the Meiji Period. One of the major takeaways from my study of Meiji period Buddhism has been … Continue reading

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Zen Doesn’t Proselytize! Except Always!

Another in a series of posts trying to think through and share some “takeaways” from my recent graduate work and thesis about Soto Zen in the Meiji Period. From my first contact with American Zen, I have been told, read, and … Continue reading

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