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Gesshin Greenwood
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Twenty-eight years old. Five foot eight inches. No hair.
Twenty-eight years old. Five foot eight inches. No hair.

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Buddhism and Human Dignity
This week, one of my editors wrote to ask if I would like to do a second draft of an article I wrote several months ago about racism in Buddhist circles. I responded that I would like to, but I do not have time. The truth is, I'm tired of debating with whit...

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Get Unstuck
It's Friday morning; I have 50 midterms to grade, a book to read, two Japanese tests to study for, and a Chinese Buddhist story to translate, so that must mean it's time to write a blog! My blog has been slowing, slowing down in the last eight months and a ...

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Why Sit Zazen?
Hello gentle readers, it's been a long time. I live in Los Angeles now, with my partner, in a beautiful apartment with lots of sunlight, and christmas lights that twinkle at night. We have a small potted palm, a basil plant, and a shelf for my tea bowls. I ...

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Intentions For Dark Times
A few months ago, after the attacks in Paris I wrote a blog post called "How I Cope When The World's Fucked Up."  And lo, how little things have changed! In fact, it seems doomsday is even more neigh than ever, what with the RNC circus/ Hell's Mouth yawning...

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Intentions For Dark Times
A few months ago, after the attacks in Paris I wrote a blog post called "How I Cope When The World's Fucked Up."  And lo, how little things have changed! In fact, it seems doomsday is even more neigh than ever, what with the RNC circus/ Hell's Mouth yawning...

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So You Want To Practice Zen In Japan?
Hello everyone and thank you for participating in the great 2016 True Dharma Eye Exam Fundraiser! I believe I have raised enough money for that pesky eye exam, and possibly for new glasses as well! To be honest, I am really enjoying receiving money right no...

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Okesas I Have Sewn (What's Lineage Got To Do With It?)
  I’m moving to Los Angeles in August, and this week my friend at Green Gulch asked me if I would like to start a “branching streams” sitting group with her in LA. “Branching streams” is the name of groups and centers affiliated with Shinryu Suzuki Roshi. M...

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In Defense Of Trying
Today after lunch I grabbed my bag and headed out the door. "I'm going to vote," I said to my roommate.  "Why?" she asked.  It's a good question. I almost didn't. I had thought about this "why" question for a long time, and told my roommate that. I don't re...

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American True Training
Well, here I am. In America. I started a three month long work practice apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm, in Northern California. The first time I came to Green Gulch, about three or so years ago, I said it felt like meeting my birth mother for the first ...

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The Hardest Thing About Practice
I haven’t posted anything in a while. I was packing up to move out of my apartment, and then I was at Toshoji for about six weeks, deep in the woods of austere, cold winter practice. There was limited internet access, and I never had time to write anything,...
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