Posts Categorized: Buddhism

Summer Retreat

We are off to Kyoto for summer retreat and we’ll be back in New York on July 26th. We will still be checking voicemail, email and text messages. The next article… Read more »

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Rilke’s Temple: Rilke 4/4

Reading Time: 8 minutes Rilke has given us words to protect those parts of ourselves that help us stay open to fundamental questions about life. And should we lose this capacity,… Read more »

Rilke’s Noble Lie: Rilke 3/4

Reading time: 8 minutes The notion of a noble lie, or the magnificent myth raises important questions for anyone interested in thinking about how to live . . . Rilke… Read more »

Jeff Koons’s Religious Epiphany

Jeff Koons vs. The Willow

Reading time: 5 minutes On the property of an abandoned temple in Japan there is a willow that has fallen into a shed as a result of the wind and… Read more »

Zendo overlooking traditional Japanese garden

Is Meditation Selfish?

Reading time: 7 minutes We create a zone of silence that allows nature to speak to us—a zone in which we can perceive the subtle teachings of earth, wind, water,… Read more »

Mt. Jiashan—an area known for its thick forests and myriad waterfalls.

The Obstacle is the Way

Reading time: Just under 6 minutes A Buddhist disciple offers a final good-bye to his beloved teacher, and sets out from the safety of his temple to deepen his practice… Read more »

At Peace in the Nirvana Room

Reading time: Under 3 minutes Every temple requires three elements: the Master’s quarters, a Dharma Hall for the master’s lectures, and a Nirvana room for the sick and, if necessary, dying…. Read more »