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Poems from the Eye of Zen:   Yes, it is true you just heard the shouts of boys through the wind                      – page 1   *** No matter what you say it’s clear                      – page 3 ***   The cloud sees only me   it has no other beauty                     – page 25 [...]

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From the Introduction: “A Generic Zen Master on a mountain top–when I began doing koan work in my formative years of Zen training, this is how I generally perceived the Chinese Zen masters whose paradoxical teachings I was trying to break open. All the major Zen koans are based on the insights of Chinese teachers [...]

A very special concert on October 24
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SMZ is honored to be a sponsor of this wonderful event to benefit the Garrison Institute, a retreat center in the Hudson Valley where we hold our weekend retreats. Through their own programming and the hosting of outside groups, Garrison does so much to support the Buddhist community, environmental activists, people who work with trauma victims, [...]

7 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off
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Our zendo has been rented to Sensei Al Rapaport for the following workshop on Wed., Sept. 11. Because it is related to Zen, we thought it would be of interest to friends and members of SMZ: Although Jelaluddin Rumi died almost 800 years ago, he is today the most popular poet in America.  In this [...]

1 year ago Comments Off
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From March 22 to 24, Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels will lead a sesshin for members of Still Mind Zendo’s affiliate sangha, Plum Blossom Zendo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sensei Janet has been leading the weekend sesshins at Plum Blossom twice per year, in March and September, since 2006, and Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels has also led [...]

1 year, 2 months ago Comments Off
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Sensei Janet and Sensei Gregory recently attended the annual meeting of the Lay Zen Teachers Association (LZTA), held this year at the Garrison Institute. The association is 60-member group of Western Zen teachers from all lineages who, for one reason or another, have decided not to become a priest. The LZTA was formed four years [...]

Zen Ancestors Tour of China
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In September, a half-dozen members of Still Mind Zendo, our two teachers, and a handful of practitioners from other zendos went on a two-week journey through southern China, visiting sites and temples associated with some of China’s great ancient Zen masters. The trip was loosely based on Sensei Janet’s book Making Zen Your Own: Giving [...]

Special Event: Reading by Sensei Gregory at Namaste Bookshop
1 year, 9 months ago Comments Off
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We would like to invite you to hear Sensei Gregory read from his book of poetry, Never Something Else: Poems from the Eye of Zen at Namaste Bookshop on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Sensei will also speak about the writing of the poems and sign copies of the book. Once again, cellist Anthime Miller will [...]

A new look at Bodhidharma
1 year, 11 months ago Comments Off
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Andy Ferguson, author of Zen’s Chinese Heritage and leader of our September trip to Southern China, gave a talk at the Zendo on May 31st about recent discoveries in old Chinese texts about the life of Zen’s founding ancestor, Bodhidharma.  These discoveries shed new light and new importance on this enigmatic figure in Zen history. The talk was based [...]

2 years ago Comments Off
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Watch Sensei Gregory and Sensei Janet read exerpts from the night of the book launch on February 29th at the Rubin Museum