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Five Skandhas, Five Ranks

The way I use the term Apex really includes the whole being, which in Buddhism we call the Five Skandhas.  The Five Skandhas are also known as the Five Aggregates or Heaps that make up what we identify as our self, this very body/mind, what you and I call “me” or “I.” This self consists of these five: 1) body, form, 2) emotions, feelings, 3) perception, 4) karma, deeply rooted…

Natural Koans

Working with disowned voices to turn our light inward and illuminate the self   Student:  It seems like what you’ve done with the way you do these disowned voices is you’ve found a way to really unlock the beginner’s mind, the not-knowing and the beginner’s mind. That’s right.  And a koan.  It becomes a koan.  Instead of traditional koans, we can also do a koan by saying, ‘OK what’s the…

NonZen

Leer en español Comments The historical Buddha clearly saw that everything changes and that our ignorance, which is a fundamental cause of our dissatisfaction, suffering and unhappiness, arises from our unwillingness to accept the fact that everything including the self is impermanent.  He also foresaw that by about twenty-five hundred years after his passing — the time we are in right now — people would no longer have the capacity…

In Memoriam Greg Kaizen Rosenstein

As many of you now know Greg Rosenstein passed away this weekend on Saturday the 7th of January. I had spoken to him not too long ago and he was so open and beautiful. He was wrestling with his disease and he seemed both in a very challenging time physically and also in in the best place of his life spiritually. His vulnerability was very present and his gratitude enormous….

Great Faith, Great Doubt

A brief excerpt from a talk given May 22, 2016 Bottom line is, if you go through great doubt, meaning you question everything — I mean really question everything, to the point where you doubt everything, you lose all beliefs, you lose all your kind of understanding, you lose all your concepts, all your opinions about things — what you end up with I call great faith.  That’s the bottom…

On Coming Full Circle

I want to thank once again so many of you who have so kindly sent their love, good wishes and prayers for my health, and to assure you that I am well on the way to recovery, feeling better than I have for the many weeks preceding my emergency.  As you may know, it has forced me to curtail my travel plans; on the other hand the changes have already…

A Health Update from Genpo Roshi, 28 June 2016

Dear Friends, I’m very happy to announce I was released from the hospital at 11 am today and all my vital signs are excellent, and my heart rhythm is perfect. Of course, this experience has caused me to look at and reevaluate my life and what’s important to me.  I know I need to slow down even further and travel long distances less.  The cardiologist here wants me to be…

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