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On Tuesday evening, Bill Porter — pen name Red Pine — paid a brief visit to Still Mind Zendo while on business on the East Coast. Bill is a prolific translator and interpreter of Chinese texts and was our guide on the SMZ China trip in 2012, when some of us visited temples and monasteries […]

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On Thursday, Oct. 2nd  Ben Connelly, a Zen priest and teacher-in-training at the Minneapolis Zen Meditation Center, visited Still Mind Zendo to talk about his new book, Inside the Grass Hut:  Living Shitou’s Classic Poem, published by Wisdom. After a period of zazen, members gathered in a semi-circle as Ben spoke of his great love […]

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Eight members of Still Mind Zendo marched together at the historic “People’s Climate March” on Sunday, Sept. 21. We joined with 400,000 others to demand meaningful action on climate change. (At least two SMZ members marched with other groups they belong to.)  We were proud to walk with other Buddhist groups in the interfaith section. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]