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A Buddhist Vow for Inauguration Day

Remarks delivered at an Interfaith Inauguration Day Convocation, San Rafael, California, 1/20/2017 .   It is a good time to breathe. To let our bodies settle into stillness. To let the swirl of our minds – fears and anxiety and confusion … Continue reading

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The Dharma of Fearlessness, Resisting with Love, and Using the Church: No Zen Reflections on MLK Day

     We Dharma brothers Jiryu and Hondo, like many people, have been talking this weekend about Martin Luther King, Jr.  We’ve been talking about what today’s celebration of his life and work mean to us as Zen practitioners wrestling … Continue reading

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Jiryu Hates People!  Don’t Be Like Jiryu!

I’ve been a little praised and much reviled for a blog post I wrote a week after the election, and I’ve appreciated both (though the former is considerably easier to swallow than the latter).  The piece has become a foil for … Continue reading

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Our Practice Now

When I was a kid, in Uruguay and Argentina under the dictatorships, I learned some things. I don’t mean learned in an abstract or intellectual way—I was too young for that—but in a visceral, embodied way. Something about violence and … Continue reading

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Buddhism is Apolitical? (Or, Stop Trying to Wiggle Out of the Damn Koan!)

Update: Another version of this post appears at Lion’s Roar.     I’m surprised to have to write this post (which surely wiser heads would advise me not to), but I’ve come to see recently that the idea that “Buddhism is … Continue reading

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All Are Welcome At San Francisco Zen Center! (…to join us in resisting Trump)

UPDATE:  I no longer stand by or defend this post.  Out of respect for the commentors, I’m leaving it up.  But for my current thinking, please look here. The San Francisco Zen Center Abbots and Abbesses – all of whom … Continue reading

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Thus behold the utter frailty of goodness!

Thus behold the utter frailty of goodness! This is the old, strange, and troubling line from the great Shantideva that ran through my head deep in the night on a recent sleepless Tuesday, amid involuntary convulsions of body and mind, … Continue reading

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