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I'm a Zen Buddhist monk and teacher in the Five Mountain Zen Order, as well as guiding teacher at the Original Mind Zen Sangha. I received inka (independent teaching authorization) from Zen Master Wonji Dharma (Paul Lynch) in November, 2012.
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Attunement and Attainment
I love language. I'm an English teacher by profession and have a deep respect for words, with their textures and nuances, their crevices and contours. This might sound like a paradox coming from a Zen practitioner, since Zen is so often understood to be sus...
I love language. I'm an English teacher by profession and have a deep respect for words, with their textures and nuances, their crevices and contours. This might sound like a paradox coming from a Zen practitioner, since Zen ...
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Your Life Is Your Altar
Most people new to Buddhism misunderstand the purpose of an altar. I don't worship the statue at its center or even the Buddha himself, the historical man that the image represents. To me, an altar is a visual embodiment of the awakened mind--life right her...
Most people new to Buddhism misunderstand the purpose of an altar. I don't worship the statue at its center or even the Buddha himself, the historical man that the image represents. To me, an altar is a visual embodiment of t...
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The Hole of It
As I was chainsawing some wood yesterday, I spilled some bar oil on my driveway. I soaked it up with some cardboard but a thin film still remained, so I sprayed it with the hose. The water puddled on the hot asphalt as I took a break in the shade of the gar...
As I was chainsawing some wood yesterday, I spilled some bar oil on my driveway. I soaked it up with some cardboard but a thin film still remained, so I sprayed it with the hose. The water puddled on the hot asphalt as I took...
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Happy 5th of July! - Dharma talk
In this Dharma talk, delivered on July 5th, I discuss what our lives would be like if we treated every day like a holiday. Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Eunsahn Gartland.
In this Dharma talk, delivered on July 5th, I discuss what our lives would be like if we treated every day like a holiday. Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Eunsahn Gartland.
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Ad Infinitum
Summer is upon us and that means yard work. I have a massive pile of timber planks and dying bushes to chainsaw. But I can't get my chainsaw started. I don't work well with small engines. Or big engines. Or any kind of engines. 2-stroke engines require you ...
Summer is upon us and that means yard work. I have a massive pile of timber planks and dying bushes to chainsaw. But I can't get my chainsaw started. I don't work well with small engines. Or big engines. Or any kind of engine...
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Happy Birthday! - Dharma talk
Buddhism does not ask us to venerate the Buddha, but to become Buddha. Or more accurately, to realize that we already are Buddha. So why elevate one day above another? Every day is the Buddha's Birthday; every day is your birthday! Introduction and sound en...
Buddhism does not ask us to venerate the Buddha, but to become Buddha. Or more accurately, to realize that we already are Buddha. So why elevate one day above another? Every day is the Buddha's Birthday; every day is your bir...
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I stumbled upon this amazing quotation yesterday. It's just as important today as it was when it was spoken almost 150 years ago.

“To question all things; never to turn away from any difficulty; to accept no doctrine either from ourselves or from other people without a rigid scrutiny by negative criticism; letting no fallacy or incoherence, or confusion of thought step by unperceived; above all, to insist upon having the meaning of a word clearly and precisely understood before using it, and the meaning of a proposition before assenting to it; these are the lessons we learn from ancient dialecticians.”
—JOHN STUART MILL, Inaugural Address as Rector, University of St. Andrews, February 1, 1867.
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Dharma talk - The One Teaching
All Buddhist teachings point to one thing, the awakened mind. Find your true nature and then save all sentient beings. Everything else is upaya or skillful means. Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Eunsahn Gartland.
All Buddhist teachings point to one thing, the awakened mind. Find your true nature and then save all sentient beings. Everything else is upaya or skillful means. Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Eunsahn Gartland.
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Weeds and All - Dharma talk
Learning how to accept circumstances as they are is one of the most important skills we can learn. Zen does not aim at uprooting those unpleasant aspects of our lives or personalities as much as it helps us to learn how open ourselves up wider in order to a...
Learning how to accept circumstances as they are is one of the most important skills we can learn. Zen does not aim at uprooting those unpleasant aspects of our lives or personalities as much as it helps us to learn how open ...
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Stop arguing with religious people
The only thing that I understand less than religious people justifying their hostility towards homosexuals through the use of religious scripture is people who try to counter this same hatred with religious scripture . The former is an example of magical th...
The only thing that I understand less than religious people justifying their hostility towards homosexuals through the use of religious scripture is people who try to counter this same hatred with religious scripture. The for...
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This Breath - Dharma Talk
Our breath keeps us alive, and yet we seldom pay any attention to it. Following our breath not only grounds us in our bodies, but it slows down our lives so that we can pay attention to what truly matters--what's right in front of us. Introduction and sound...
Our breath keeps us alive, and yet we seldom pay any attention to it. Following our breath not only grounds us in our bodies, but it slows down our lives so that we can pay attention to what truly matters--what's right in fro...
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Mind the Gap - Dharma talk
The Buddha taught one thing--the end of suffering. He called it Nirvana, the unconditioned, unoriginated, deathless. In this episode, I discuss how Nirvana is available to us at all times, in the gaps between our thoughts. Introduction and sound engineering...
The Buddha taught one thing--the end of suffering. He called it Nirvana, the unconditioned, unoriginated, deathless. In this episode, I discuss how Nirvana is available to us at all times, in the gaps between our thoughts. In...
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