August 2011 Blog Posts (5)

“The Truth of the Matter”

Having just returned from the Memorial Service for Joko Beck in Prescott, Arizona I have been reflecting on her life of teaching teaching and the warm moments her family, students and friends offered during the service.  One person mentioned that she had been called a “fierce mirror.”  When I think of someone as fierce, I… Continue

Added by Flint Sparks on August 30, 2011 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

City Council Invocation

The Buddha taught: All is burning, and this is the summer we may finally believe it. 


The world is burning; what can be done to quench it?

Neighborhoods are burning; what can be done to cool the tensions?

Political factions are burning; what can be done to govern with reason and vision?

Children are burning; what can be done to teach and guide them well?

The jobless…


Added by Peg Syverson on August 25, 2011 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Sunday Dharma talk: Zen and Institutions


Usually, we tend to focus on our personal meditation practice, and the details of our own everyday lives. But sometimes it is useful to look at the bigger picture. So I want to talk a bit today about institutions. Why? What do we mean by “institution” and what does this have to do with our Zen practice? As Mary Douglas pointed out, an institution is not just any gathering of people waiting for a bus, so what makes something an institution?  When I talk about…


Added by Peg Syverson on August 23, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

A Blog Post Pointing to A Blog Post


I started a blog.


Peace and Such,



Added by Eric on August 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Master painters: "Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher"

Looking recently at paintings by masters including Goya, Leonardo da Vinci, and the early Picasso, the words "Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher" came to mind.  It looked like they had painted the subject exactly as they saw her or him right in the moment, not according to some preconceived idea.

Added by John McInroy on August 7, 2011 at 6:41pm — 1 Comment



Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.

—Stephen Batchelor


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