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Join Sharon Salzberg, with Tsoknyi Rinpoche and me for The Great Tributaries Retreat at Upaya: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1061

One day as my teacher, John Friend, was demonstrating a pose, he made an awkward-looking movement, then rebalanced. Coming out of it he asked, "What just happened?" One by one, my classmates offered a Sanskrit name for that extra little twist. Finally, John turned to me and repeated his question, "What just happened?" I replied, "To be honest, I think you fell." "You're right," he said. "I fell. Then I started over. That's good yoga. . ."

Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are willing to start over, when we don't give up after a mistake, when something doesn't come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when we're not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished. By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it. We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it. -- Sharon Salzberg, "The Power of Intention,
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Join us this weekend Apr 18, 2014 — Apr 20, 2014
for TOUCHING THE EARTH AND SKY:

This weekend retreat gives us the rare opportunity to drop into the deep questions related to time, life, death, rebirth, and no birth, no death. At Upaya, we touch into the story of the life of the Buddha, his suffering and awakening; we look at this in relation to the season of Easter and Passover and how compassion and wisdom unfold in our lives.

Saturday we spend in the ancient Pueblo ruins and cave dwellings of Tsankawi and meditate on what it means to live a life that is both finite and infinite, separate and connected.

http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1150
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Join Roshi Joan Halifax, Sharon Salzberg, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche May 09, 2014 — May 12, 2014 to see how the light of wisdom, compassion, and emptiness refracts through the prisms of the Three Buddhist Schools.

http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1061

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This evening we honor the Full Moon with Fusatsu, the traditional ceremony of atonement and renewal of the Peacemaker precepts in which we perform a series of full bows together, touching our heads to the earth and lifting our palms to the sky, returning to what connects each of us and lifting up the awakened nature in all of us.

Local sangha: join us in the temple at 5:30 for this beautiful ceremony.
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Roshi Joan arrived at Upaya late last night. Welcoming her back home. 
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"Embrace dukkha, Let Go of grasping, Stop grasping, and Act... If we think of the Four [Noble Truths, in brackets] in this way, we have a framework for living in this world, here and now."

http://www.upaya.org/2014/04/stephen-batchelor-four-noble-tasks/
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“If nothing works, not matter what you do, when all of your ways of being and existing fall short and all of your actions fail, what are going to do? If there is no means to reach the goal, no way to a solution, what do you do then?”
—Ton Lathouer

http://www.upaya.org/2014/04/joshin-brian-byrnes/
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Roshi Joan's book "Being with Dying" one of six favorite books of Arianna Huffington. Also check out her book: Thrive. Amazing robust book that captures what counts in living and dying: http://theweek.com/article/index/259693/arianna-huffingtons-6-favorite-books-for-self-reflection
The Huffington Post founder recommends books that provide refuge amid an overscheduled life
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Local sangha, please join us tomorrow for a dharma talk by Joshin Brian Byrnes, "Touching the Earth and Sky: Easter, Passover, and the Robe of Liberation." Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple.
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"Phenomena will come, arise, come and go; whatever. But you’re not grasping, you’re not holding, you’re not fixing, you’re not rejecting, but you are in the space."

http://www.upaya.org/2014/04/tsoknyi-rinpoche-glue-gone-natural-mind/
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Upaya Zen Center is a Zen Buddhist practice, service, and training center. Our vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion.

We are located in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.