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Dharma in February 2021

Dear zen friend 1)A foot deep snow remains around valley zendo. It is snow white as far as eyes can see. Maple sugaring begins. Daytime becomes longer and brighter. Spring has come. In a few weeks daffodil and more flowers will bloom.  2)   Since … Continue reading

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Dharma in January 2021

Dear Zen friendIt was -6 degree Fahrenheit this morning, coldest this winter.The stove needed 2 times more firewood to heat zendo.One foot snow has stayed for 2 weeks.Yet, mild weather is expected to be back after Monday.The bottom is over, … Continue reading

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Dharma in October 2020

Dear zen friend1) Sesshin is not scheduled in November.  2)  Corona pandemic has been a dominant issue this year.We are told to stay home and socially be distant from people.At a burial site today, everyone wore a mask in blowing … Continue reading

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Dharma in September 2020

Dear zen friend1)   No sesshin is scheduled in October. Reopening is near.A few months ago, people expressed fear under a mask.Now the fear has been fading.Be patient (one of the deepest values of Mahayana Buddhism). 2)  During the Labor Day … Continue reading

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Dharma in August 2020

Dear zen friend 1)  September sesshin was discussed for long. Comfortable temperature is expected. Some are eager to do sitting practice. Yet corona pandemic dominates our lives. Manner of social distancing must be respected. Even the Bridge of flowers is … Continue reading

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Dharma in July 2020

Dear Zen Friend 1)  Zendo is surrounded with most comfortable environments these days.      It is warm, is sunny most of days, and rains occasionally.     These are best conditions for sesshin.      Yet social and medical uncertainty is … Continue reading

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Dharma in June 2020

Dear zen friend 1)  I’d like to reopen Sunday zazenkai from 8 am to noon on Sundays. It is easy to sit in summer, in warm and breezing days. We sit while windows are open. We have to gradually restart … Continue reading

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Dharma in May 2020

Dear zen friend 1) Corona virus pandemic has been calming but will not go away. People do not feel comfortable to sit together in a room. So we should wait for reopening zendo for a while.   Doctors are talking … Continue reading

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Dharma in April 2020

Dear zen friend Zendo is closed. Nothing has happened since the middle of March. The first time in human history, smile has disappeared in the whole world. During WWII, South Americans were smiling. At the Cuban crisis, Asians were smiling. … Continue reading

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Sciatica

Dear Friends Thank you for your concerns on my problem, which started 11/25/19. I could not sit on Sundays as well as during sesshin for more than 2 months. Sciatic nerves were painful. X-ray pictures showed no significant damage on … Continue reading

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