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  • Three Paths for Study with Genpo Roshi

    My deepest wish continues to be to clarify the Way and assist others to awaken, for all of us to get to the root of suffering, causing as little suffering as possible, and for each of us to realize our unique opportunity as aware and responsible human beings.

    In my view, rather than striving to be perfect, we need to recognize our innate perfection, while acknowledging all aspects of our shared humanity, including our fears and our shadows, and owning them with courage and humility. We cannot ignore our karma; it is our life, and in my experience our practice is to be at one with it, to live with joy, wisdom and compassion towards all beings.

    Looking forward, beginning in 2014 I will be offering three paths for those who wish to study with me. I have spent the past three years in self-reflection, deepening my practice and working on acknowledging my own shadows and deeply rooted patterns. It is my intention to devote the remainder of my life to integrating the Zen Tradition and Big Mind and the challenges of continuing, endless practice with those who would like to share them.
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  • If you would like to hear a sampling of Genpo Roshi's current teaching, you are invited to listen to a recent workshop recorded live on September 27, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Click here to request a link to the recording. The recording cannot be streamed from this site, but can be downloaded free.

  • I too am just a stepping stone

    I recently had a beautiful conversation with a young man I’ve known for a number of years, which helped me realize something very big for me, something that deeply touches my heart. I feel like I’m at a point in my life, now that I’m 70 and after what I have been through these past years, where my energy, and my drive, has shifted.

    The way I would say it is kind of a subtle shift from what I used to say: I would like you to stand not in my shadow, or on my head for that matter, but on my shoulders. I’d like to assist you in deepening and clarifying your way, with the wisdom that I’ve learned from my rises and falls. There have been a couple now in my life, and each time of course it’s devastating and it’s heartbreaking, but it’s also an experience of learning, and a softening.

    In the past, particularly from 1999 until 2011, it was really about changing the world, awakening and raising the consciousness of the planet. That’s still
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  • In memory of Christy Svanemyr

    Vegar Svanemyr, friends and Sangha members had a spreading of the ashes ceremony for Christy this past Friday in Little Cottonwood Canyon. August 1st was their five year wedding anniversary.
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