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Cloudy Skies and Seeing Clearly: Soaring Fearlessly in Freedom

Zen in Kyoto: today (Dec. 6th), Zen meditation class and Dharma talk in English starts at 9:30 am (). 3-day retreat in Jan. 2020.

I met Maestro Ekai Korematsu Osho! Here I am (on the left) at Jikishoan, his temple in Melbourne, with my other dear friends, Krista and Robyn.

Speak out for now! plans on appointing their own successor to the spiritual leader of Tibet, H.H. the 14th , against the will of the Tibetan people. Sign the petition to stop China interfering with Tibetan :

Sure, there's plenty of time to read my review of "Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen", but your chance to win a free copy ends tomorrow.

Everyone’s life is like a mandala - a vast limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle & what we see, hear, & think makes up the mandala of our life. - Pema Chodron

2019.12.5 高野山での法流稟承と住職辞令親授式。こちらは奥の院御廟前にて。 このあと燈籠堂での理趣三昧法要に臨みました。 慶松山 長楽寺 住職

The trailer speaks louder than rhetorics. Check out our one minute official trailer to see how serious we are about Carving the Divine.

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံသည်တကယ့်ဗုဒ္ဓဘာသာနိုင်ငံဖြစ်သည်။ wirathu ashin ခေါင်းဆောင်ကြီးတွင်ကောင်းမွန်သောအမြင်ရှိသည်။ အင်္ကျီ၏စွမ်းအားကိုထိုတွင်တွေ့နိုင်သည်။ ဗုဒ္ဓဘာသာကိုနှလုံးသားဖြင့်ကာကွယ်ရန်သူတို့၏တိုက်ပွဲအားကျွန်ုပ်တို့လေးစားကြသည်။ ဗုဒ္ဓဘာသာဝင်တ ဦး အနေဖြင့်အချစ်။

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Damn proud of my first vegetarian shepperd's pie 🤗🐖❤️ and working on a blog post about transitioning to a vegan lifestyle...

“If you can stay positive in a negative situating, you win.” -

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It’s been about two years now since the start of my spiritual journey (or rather, twentytwo years), and I am comfortable acknowledging only the surface has been lightly tapped for what is potentially to come. However such little time has already brought a fair share of hardships, indeed not lying about its intended solitary purpose. I place my faith in the rewarding realization for the truth of the Dhamma, and I pray for everyone who supported my journey thus far.

Thank you,

— Sam.

87-88. Abandoning the dark way, let the wise man cultivate the bright path. Having gone from home to homelessness, let him yearn for that delight in detachment, so difficult to enjoy. Giving up sensual pleasures, with no attachment, let the wise man cleanse himself of defilements of the mind.
—  VI. The Wise

There are so many holidays that everyone celebrates over the world, and this December, we want to give a huge shout-out to those who celebrate the following religious and non-religious holidays, as well as their countries or religions of origin! However, if you see a holiday NOT listed here, or would like to explain it to those who might not know, please tell us and we’ll give them a shout out, too!

Happy Mawlid an-Nabī! (Islam, November 6th-14th)

Happy Bodhi Day! (Buddhism, December 8th)

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe! (Catholic, December 12th)

Happy Hannukkah! (Judaism, December 22nd-30th)

Joyous Kwanza! (Black American/Pan-African, December 26th-January 1st)

Happy Yalda! (Zoroastrianism, December 22nd)

Happy Yule! (Pagan, December 22nd-January 2nd)

Merry Christmas! (Christian, December 25th)

Happy Boxing Day! (United Kingdom, December 26th)

Happy Ōmisoka! (Japenese, Decemer 31st)



The movie the Matrix provoked a lot of thought from teenage me and is in some ways responsible for planting seeds in my mind that lead me down the mystical path. One such scene is the one where a child nudges the main character towards a deeper truth. When Neo first encountered the bent spoon it almost certainly challenged his notion of realness altogether. It certainly challenged mine.

All that we are begins and ends in the mind. We are the ones who shape our world view and set limitations on ourselves. The Buddha had made the same claim 2500 years prior to the movies debut so it wasn’t exactly a new concept, but still… What a way to step forward knowing you’re in control of how you respond to things. It’s our fears and desires that limit us.

“Look within. Be still. Free from fear and attachment. Know the sweet joy of living in the way. We are what we THINK.”

-Guatama Buddha

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The Maha Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra with lyrics