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You are ready now

without advancing anything the least particle,

without staring into despair

(maintaining that stillness is costly,

you will have nothing left to shout about)

if you are able to penetrate these rain clouds

or the damp sparkle on the mesquite leaves

let alone the inconceivable mysteries

of the human heart and mind

if there is one cup of tea made with

complete attention

you already know everything

you need to know

you are… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on September 19, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments


Recently, I realized that the calligraphy over the altar, the one that is simply titled “Mindfulness,” is actually the Japanese representation of appamada. The kanji is composed of two simpler characters, and the Japanese word for it is nen. The top character means “now, today, this present era, this moment”. It looks like a peaked roof, or a mountain. The bottom character, shin, is usually translated as “heart” or “mind.” A more complete meaning of this character is… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on September 14, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Flint's Dharma talk at AZC

Yesterday Flint gave a lovely dharma talk at Austin Zen Center and led a one-day workshop there that was warmly received. In the talk he discusses several of the chants we use at Appamada. If you would like to hear the talk, it has been posted here:

Added by Peg Syverson on September 13, 2009 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Appamada Precepts Ceremony

Last night the Zendo was completely packed for our first Precepts Ceremony at Appamada. You can see photos of the ceremony, taken by Cassie Weyandt, in the flickr Appamada pool and the album for the Ceremony. We congratulate the participants who took the precepts at the ceremony:

Lisa Kuntz

Ted Walls

Daryl… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on September 3, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Book review: The Passionate Mind Revisited-interesting shift from '74

"The Passionate Mind Revisited," authors Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad.

(I chanced across the review. The book is a sequel to a book published in 1974. The authors have a different world view & a different attitude toward meditation & mindfulness. Their world view reminds me of Flint's & Peg's orientation. Lisa) Entire review:

Alstad suggests "meditation that's not based on trying to be in the now or trying to… Continue

Added by Lisa Kuntz on August 25, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Precepts Ceremony

You are warmly invited to a ceremony of taking the precepts Wednesday, September 2, during the Wednesday evening program. Zazen will begin at 7:30, with the ceremony following the first sitting, at 8:00. You are welcome to come either at 7:30 for the sitting, or at 8:00 for just the ceremony.

Throughout his lifetime the Buddha taught the precepts, to kings and farmers, to monks and disciples. They are the foundation for Buddhist life in the world and a description of awakened being.… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on August 22, 2009 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

you can change

An interesting article on stress and neuroplasticity in the New York Times. Quote from the article: “The brain is a very resilient and plastic organ,” he said. “Dendrites and synapses retract and reform, and reversible remodeling can occur throughout life.”

From the same article: "Why should the stressed brain be prone to habit formation? Perhaps to help shunt as many behaviors as possible over to… Continue

Added by Bill Smith on August 20, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Practice Foundations

Many people seem to have a bit of a misguided idea about Zen practice. I hope I can clarify how we think about it here at Appamada. Each person's practice must fit into his or her life, and life circumstances change over time. It's very important to find a balance that best supports you in your particular circumstances: your relationships with friends, family, and co-workers, your commitments and responsibilities, your work in the world. Our aspiration is to support you as your path unfolds,… Continue

Added by Peg Syverson on July 17, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Super talk on Simplicity by Garr Reynolds at Synergy 2009

Added by Peg Syverson on June 28, 2009 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Photos from the May 2009 Practice Intensive

You can see photos from the May 2009 Practice Intensive contributed by participants here: It was a beautiful setting and a historic occasion, the beginnings of our new identity as Appamada!

Added by Peg Syverson on June 1, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments



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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