Category: Monk-life

A Living Hotei

Getting the vaccine online, in large part, to connect again with this man, a living embodiment of Hotei, the proto-Chinese emblem of wisdom, mirth, playfulness, and generosity. Just secured my

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Personal Altar

Sometimes people ask about having a home-altar: Should there always be a Buddha or a Jesus? What kinds of pictures are appropriate or not? What if I want to have

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Monks and Masturbation

A newly ordained Western monastic disciple asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, “Sir, in the monks’ precepts, it says we are not supposed to have sex. It says we can’t even

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Acropolis on My Mind

As photographed yesterday from the Pnyx ( — literally the spot from which democracy was born to human beings, during a neighborhood walkabout with Christina B. while working hardcore on

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Good-Situation Country

One of the most interesting aspects of Dae Soen Sa Nim’s transmission of his Dharma to the West since 1972 is the fact that he never produced any home-leaving monastics

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The New Small Kasa

At his last visit to Zen Center Regensburg, two years ago, Dae Bong Sunim decided to try a new Five Precepts “small kasa” on for size. Very very very special

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The Changing Path 3 — Together-Action

How it was imagined: (pre-monk idea) — Committed to solitary practice in forlorn mountain valleys, “together-action” would consist of receiving offerings exchanged through an infrequent visit by disciples to the

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