These days, the word “Zen” is all-too-easily deployed when some writers are looking to describe those whose detached concentration makes difficult feats look like a breeze. You often find such lazy labeling hastily stitched onto exceptional athletes. But once in a while, “Zen master” actually belongs in the headline. Meet Japanese baseball legend Tetsuharu Kawakami, [...]
I still enjoy reading the works of Zen masters like Huang-po and before him Tao-hsin, including others, which never stop talking about Mind. For example, Tao-hsin (Daoxin) said the following: “The state of mind is lucid and pure. As contemplation...
I once said to Zen Master Seung Sahn, " Sonsa-nim, life has not meaning!" He replied to me, "Yeah! Life has no meaning, but no meaning is BIG meaning and you must find this point." It took many years for me to understand this teaching. - Wonji Dharma (my teacher) read more
It's come to this for Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Zen Master guided Los Angeles for 11 seasons, during which time the Lakers won five championships. Following Mike Brown's abrupt departure last season, he almost returned to the sidelines again. Show More Summary
“Even if it is painful and lonely, associate with worthy companions.” - Dogen, the great Zen master. We’ll call him Aaron, but the name is unimportant, since millions of kids fall into the same trap that ultimately derailed this young man. Show More Summary
Before his awakening at the hands of Zen master Mu-chou, Yun-men (864–949) had done more than ten years of meditation in addition to mastering the Vinaya school. He understood Buddhism in theory such as Mind-only and transcendental wisdom (prajnaparamita). But...
I’m just back from a sold-out retreat in the Catskills with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. When I first arrived at Blue Cliff Monastery, the lotus pond was full of buds closed so tight that I barely noticed they were there. But several days later, after one of Thay’s dharma talks, I stepped out of [...]
The Master Of Zen Gaspard wants to be left ALONE. Silly hoomins. From Cuteporters Camille and Louise. Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: kittehs, This Just In!
The Los Angeles Lakers owe the Chicago Bulls a debt of gratitude. No, not just because former general manager Jerry Krause's poor relationship with Phil Jackson may well have driven the Zen Master out of the Windy City after the Bulls'...Show More Summary
Break out the cake, ice cream and incredibly nostalgic highlight reels. It’s time to wish a very happy birthday to arguably the greatest coach in NBA history—Phil Jackson. Jackson is set to celebrate his 68th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. Show More Summary
One day a student asked Zen Master Man Gong, "Where is Buddha's teaching?" "Right in front of you." Man Gong replied. read more
My Zen center has begun ango, an intensive training period loosely based on Vassa, the rains retreat. Since we're mostly a lay sangha we don't spend ango inside a monastery. Instead we are challenged to take our home practice up a notch.... Read Full Post
These days, when Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh leads a retreat, he draws quite a crowd. Albeit, a very quiet one. Last week, journalist Barbara Chai joined about 1500 others at the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, NY, which houses monks and nuns in his Order of Interbeing. They had arrived for “A [...]
Sounds like a good friend to have in Hollywood! We're not surprised that with skillz that those Vanessa Hudgens can count starlets like Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale as some of her besties. Even though Vanessa might be a young thing, it sounds like she's got the whole followed by photogs thing all figured out. But she [...]
The Zen Buddhist master and author revered for his teachings on the "art of mindfulness" will be visiting New York City in early September.
While many thousands are eagerly anticipating peace advocate and Zen meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Nourishing Great Togetherness tour of North America that began this week in Ontario, New York City and its visitors are in for an added treat: the first-ever U.S. exhibit of Hanh’s meditative calligraphy. Entitled “Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of [...]
One of the classical Zen masters Tsung-mi once said: “If one practices without having awakened, it is not true practice.” Probably what he didn’t expect or foresee was the coming of Dogen Zen in which unawakened practice is believed to...
You tag Phil Jackson in a rap song, he'll tag you right back -- just ask Kendrick Lamar... who got a free lesson in ego management from the Zen Master after droppin' his name in a new song. 67-year-old Jackson was definitely listening when…
“Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.” - Zen Master Dogen - (1200- 1253) AD
Jobs’ Zen master told him that he 'could keep in touch with his spiritual side while running a business.' So in true Zen fashion, Jobs avoided thinking of technology and spirituality in dualistic terms. But what really set him apart...