A Problem

Sangha Member Post: Most of the time I live as though life is a problem…like there are issues I need to solve. Of course the alternative, and the focus of Zen, is that life is a gift…and being fully in the present allows us to experience the joy of that...

Being Present

Sangha Member Post: Being present has seen many stages in my practice. There was the early awareness stage when I first became aware of all the mental noise. It was quite shocking. The next stage was dominated by a sense of being trapped in a thick layer of cotton. I...

Forest Morning

Sangha Member Post: It was a little before sunrise in the Great Vow Zen Monastery forest. I was sitting on a bench that had become a usual haunt over the week of meditation. Shortly after sitting down 2 owls started calling in the forest.  I couldn’t decide if they...

Agenda or Enjoyment

Sangha Member post: This is my shorthand reminder as I bump along through the day.  Agenda represents ego me (or little self) that has opinions about the way ‘I’ want things to go. Rather than wait for the world to get a clue, I take a breath and mental...