Dear Sangha-

It's lovely to be here with other Zen teachers who focus, as we do, on Zen for people living contemporary lives. We are in an excellent hotel called the Mark Spencer; I recommend it if you are ever in Portland. Here we are sharing ideas for supporting and nourishing our communities of practice and learning together how to bring these profound wisdom teachings into our everyday world—a world of families, work, engagement with our neighborhoods, our political and economic systems, and our ecosystem. It is really heartening to hear how these teachers, too, are finding a great longing for what we offer, not only in the teachings of the dharma, but in the vibrant connections and relationships that form our sanghas. Here's a photo from one of our breakout sessions, where we discussed sangha evolution and development. I'm looking forward to sharing what I am learning with you!




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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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