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Upaya Zen Center has been shared in 32 public circles

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Becky Collins20,667Mobile Marketing Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-26 05:30:104645516
Benjamin Davis2,983 This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-12-15 12:50:43500141626
GuruOmBha0This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles#sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles#publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle2014-12-12 11:38:40482000
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Brian Mcquillan15,525Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #circleshare #SocialMedia #SharedPublicCircles #PublicCircle #CircleOfTheDay #followers #follow #AddCircle #Sharers #Engagers #Awesomepeople #ShareAndBeShared2014-12-10 10:18:21483506897
Harry Day11,209*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!! 4. Publicly share this circle...!!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-11-21 13:21:02485527
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
Paul Finnerty2,166Spiritual Circle Thanks +Laura Sanna for the share!@#sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleofthedayInteresting folks of spiritual shares!  #circleshare   Last share is over 200 total shares, plusses and comments yet again so let's keep it rolling!Add the circle, add yourself and reshare the circle!  Make sure you use the hash marks!2012-09-17 01:23:002723010
Marc Pitman4,748Whoops. I wanted to share my Nonprofit Org circle, but it has 694 organizaitons and, apparently, I can only share 500 at a time! Sorry. But enjoy this many anyway!2012-08-24 00:52:47500501
Trever McGhee11,187+Rolf Tschochohei created an amazing circle of caring people and included me, which we're very grateful.Add the circle for a week and see how it brightens your stream, keep the sunshine ones and take the rest and put them a sided for you never know when it's their turn to brighten your day.Day 95 of our journey away from home to inspire you to Take2seconds to follow us, so that sponsors invest more in the community projects that generate income to fund more community projects.+Take2seconds  #Take2seconds  +Circle Plus +Best Shared Circle +The Best Circles on Google+ +Full Circle +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles +Public Circles +Wanna Be Circled +CIRCLES +Circles 2012-08-19 09:27:532513512
Werner Brock4,388#BuddhistCircle  open to all lineages or groups, we are sharing here #Buddhist   topics, news, questions, discussions and wisdom in a tolerant and mutually supporting way.Please add and share this circle.Please use the hashtag #BuddhistCircle  for posting and reading by search.If you want to be added, please leave a message here.Today we received Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche´s offer to share some time for us. +Khenpo Sogyal is professor for Buddhist Philosophy and Logic at Benares (Varanasi) University in India. We will start a new thread for discussion with Khenpo-la. 2012-07-29 10:16:56292757
Tommy Deis334#SharedCircle2012-05-19 15:10:49477000
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Full Circle490411 Brands Only Google + Pages Version 32012-03-09 03:35:14411004
Coffee Coffees!499400 Brand Pages. Can Be Added To Brand Page #circleshare #brandpages #sharedcircles #businesspages #googleplus #brandpagecircles #socialmedia #businesspagecircles #sharingcircles2012-03-05 07:07:254002140
Daniel Harrington10,695The Whopper BRANDS AND BUSINESS PAGES ONLY CIRCLE - Please Share! (You Can Add This To A Brand Page)#brandpagescircles #brandcircles #circlesharing #brandpage #circleshared #circles #marketing #socialmedia #circleshare #brandpages #pages #brands #sharedcircles #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #brandspages #seo #sem #brandpage #publiccircles #tech #business #socialnetworks #googleplus #circleoftheday #socialmediamarketing2012-02-26 02:50:17500012
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SEO0Brand Pages ONLY - Circle IV #circlesharing #sharedcircle #businesspages #brandpages #brands #circleshare #socialmedia #googleplus2012-02-23 03:42:27401000
Daniel Harrington10,570Great #BrandPages Only Circle! - Can Be Added To Brand Pages. Enjoy and Please Share! Thank You!#circlesharing #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircles #circleshare #circles #circlesdatabase #circlestoshare #sharecircle #brands #business #marketing #businesspages #socialmediamarketing #socialmedia #googleplus #sharedcircles #circles2012-02-21 16:25:03500010
Daniel Harrington10,083Do You Have A #BrandPage or #BusinessPage and Want More Followers? Well You Can Only Add Brand Pages To Brand Pages On #GooglePlus So You Have To Find a Big #Circle That Includes Only Brand Pages and Not One Personal Page or It Will Be Rejected When You Try To Add It - SO....Here Is That Circle!! Please Share! #brands #business #marketing #products #companies #logos #tech #cars #food #recipes #institutions #organizations #corporations #smallbusiness #circlesharing #sharedcircles2012-02-17 00:42:19500101
Nonprofit Organizations1,593Just added my 600th nonprofit to my "Nonprofit Organizations" Circle. However, it appears you can only "Share" a maximum of 500 pages circled. 600 in this circle, but only shows 500 when shared. Hmm... will have to think about that...2011-11-18 16:49:105009513
The Chronicle of Philanthropy0An updated circle of nonprofits on Google+. Help us build our list by sharing others.2011-11-14 22:48:0317429446
SocialCX0Wondering what brands are up to on Google+? Check out this shared circle of 400 brand pages for some great examples!2011-11-14 18:32:084001077
Beth Kanter68,942Here's my open nonprofit brand circle and my scoop.it curation of google + for nonprofits resources - http://www.scoop.it/t/google-for-nonprofits2011-11-11 22:20:25101281918
G+ Business Pages Directory0Charities, Non-Profits, Organizations ... Leave your own, friends' and ones you've circled!!!#pages #googleplus #sharedcircle#coolpages2011-11-10 08:17:36721126
The Chronicle of Philanthropy0With an assist from +Beth Kanter we've been able to further expand the list of nonprofits that have created Google+ pages. Keep sharing examples in the comments area and we'll keep building the list.2011-11-09 16:12:37115762

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2015-01-26 21:38:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Beginning this Thursday, our daily meditation schedule will change. Our first session will be 7:00-8:00 a.m.. as it was in the past. The midday session will be 12:20-1:00. The evening sit will be 5:30-6:30 and we will continue to have an additional half-hour sit beginning at 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

Most reshares: 4

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2015-01-21 12:36:37 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Zen & Innovation: The Influence of Meditation on Steve Jobs

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is,” Jobs told Isaacson. “If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”

~Steve Jobs to biographer Walter Isaacson

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/qk5LMu

Most plusones: 21

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2015-01-11 00:44:33 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

“Today’s begging is finished: at the crossroads
I wander by the side of the Buddhist shrine
Talking with some of the children.
Last year, a foolish monk
This year, no change!”

~Ryokan

Latest 50 posts

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2015-01-28 17:31:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join us for a dharma talk this evening, 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple: "The Cypress and the Pine Tree: Spiritual Friendship" by Joshin Brian Byrnes, Dharma Holder.

Join us for a dharma talk this evening, 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple: "The Cypress and the Pine Tree: Spiritual Friendship" by Joshin Brian Byrnes, Dharma Holder.___

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2015-01-28 12:46:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Being Completely Human
with Stephen Batchelor & Roshi Joan Halifax

This workshop will explore the impact of modern secular culture on traditional Buddhism as well as contemporary Buddhist responses to secularity. Not only has this interaction given rise to what is now being called “Secular Buddhism,” it has allowed Buddhist practices such as mindfulness to permeate into numerous areas of secular society. Through talks, meditations, and discussions, we will consider both the history of this encounter, and how it is contributing to the future evolution of Buddhist thought and practice. The retreat will focus on maintaining the integrity of Buddhism as an ethical, contemplative and philosophical practice that engages the whole person, while seeking to address the wider societal crises facing humanity in today’s world. 

Details & Registration:http:/... more »

Being Completely Human
with Stephen Batchelor & Roshi Joan Halifax

This workshop will explore the impact of modern secular culture on traditional Buddhism as well as contemporary Buddhist responses to secularity. Not only has this interaction given rise to what is now being called “Secular Buddhism,” it has allowed Buddhist practices such as mindfulness to permeate into numerous areas of secular society. Through talks, meditations, and discussions, we will consider both the history of this encounter, and how it is contributing to the future evolution of Buddhist thought and practice. The retreat will focus on maintaining the integrity of Buddhism as an ethical, contemplative and philosophical practice that engages the whole person, while seeking to address the wider societal crises facing humanity in today’s world. 

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/qWh49y___

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2015-01-27 15:04:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dharma Podcast: Nothing Special

In this, his debut dharma talk as a Sensei, Shinzan addresses the questions: “what is the meaning of practice? What is the meaning of path?” He approaches answering these questions from the very personal perspective of his own life. Offering the story of how he happened upon Zen. How he came to practice with Samu Sunim in Toronto. How he first met Roshi Joan and subsequently decided to come to Upaya. This talk is full of many beautiful gems of insight and wisdom that he picked up along the way. While on one hand Shinzan’s journey is “nothing special,” on the other it is truly remarkable and definitely inspirational.

Listen: http://goo.gl/o2CRHI

Dharma Podcast: Nothing Special

In this, his debut dharma talk as a Sensei, Shinzan addresses the questions: “what is the meaning of practice? What is the meaning of path?” He approaches answering these questions from the very personal perspective of his own life. Offering the story of how he happened upon Zen. How he came to practice with Samu Sunim in Toronto. How he first met Roshi Joan and subsequently decided to come to Upaya. This talk is full of many beautiful gems of insight and wisdom that he picked up along the way. While on one hand Shinzan’s journey is “nothing special,” on the other it is truly remarkable and definitely inspirational.

Listen: http://goo.gl/o2CRHI___

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2015-01-26 21:38:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Beginning this Thursday, our daily meditation schedule will change. Our first session will be 7:00-8:00 a.m.. as it was in the past. The midday session will be 12:20-1:00. The evening sit will be 5:30-6:30 and we will continue to have an additional half-hour sit beginning at 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

Beginning this Thursday, our daily meditation schedule will change. Our first session will be 7:00-8:00 a.m.. as it was in the past. The midday session will be 12:20-1:00. The evening sit will be 5:30-6:30 and we will continue to have an additional half-hour sit beginning at 8:00 p.m. Please join us!___

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2015-01-23 12:49:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Program at Upaya: Being with Dying - May, 2015

This revolutionary and practical training program for health care professionals gives essential tools for work with people with serious illness and dying people. Designed primarily for physicians and nurses, the training also includes a small group of experienced administrators, social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, chaplains, and clergy.
The training, based in the G.R.A.C.E. model for cultivating compassion, covers core issues related to care of people facing serious illness, dying, death, and grieving; ethical issues in end-of-life care and training in communication of difficult news; community building around seriously ill persons and relationship-centered care; neuroscience, self-care, capacity building, and resilience training; approaches to the psychological and spiritual care of the dying and those with catastrophic... more »

Program at Upaya: Being with Dying - May, 2015

This revolutionary and practical training program for health care professionals gives essential tools for work with people with serious illness and dying people. Designed primarily for physicians and nurses, the training also includes a small group of experienced administrators, social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, chaplains, and clergy.
The training, based in the G.R.A.C.E. model for cultivating compassion, covers core issues related to care of people facing serious illness, dying, death, and grieving; ethical issues in end-of-life care and training in communication of difficult news; community building around seriously ill persons and relationship-centered care; neuroscience, self-care, capacity building, and resilience training; approaches to the psychological and spiritual care of the dying and those with catastrophic illness; the relationship between pain and suffering; peri-death phenomena; and care of the caregiver.

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/ESOqsS___

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2015-01-22 13:23:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Basho and Haiku: Narrow Road to the Deep North

In this retreat led by Kaz Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, these old friends will take the journey into the deep north with us. We will examine the life of great master Basho, who practiced Zen through the Way of Haiku. In l689 Basho walked Japan's Northern Interior, recording the essential and transient nature of what he encountered. This path was also a metaphoric trail into one's dark and mysterious center. Like Basho, we will practice meditation, walking and haiku-writing as a way into No Mind. To prepare ourselves we will be assigned one of his books to read ahead of time and we will also glory in the deep pleasure of his haiku for inspiration and edification. 

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/XHap3W

Basho and Haiku: Narrow Road to the Deep North

In this retreat led by Kaz Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, these old friends will take the journey into the deep north with us. We will examine the life of great master Basho, who practiced Zen through the Way of Haiku. In l689 Basho walked Japan's Northern Interior, recording the essential and transient nature of what he encountered. This path was also a metaphoric trail into one's dark and mysterious center. Like Basho, we will practice meditation, walking and haiku-writing as a way into No Mind. To prepare ourselves we will be assigned one of his books to read ahead of time and we will also glory in the deep pleasure of his haiku for inspiration and edification. 

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/XHap3W___

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2015-01-21 16:29:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A few glimpses from the joyful Dharma Transmission Ceremony of Shinzan Palma as a fully ordained priest and teacher, now Sensei Shinzan Yoko Palma.

A few glimpses from the joyful Dharma Transmission Ceremony of Shinzan Palma as a fully ordained priest and teacher, now Sensei Shinzan Yoko Palma.___

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2015-01-21 12:36:37 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Zen & Innovation: The Influence of Meditation on Steve Jobs

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is,” Jobs told Isaacson. “If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”

~Steve Jobs to biographer Walter Isaacson

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/qk5LMu

Zen & Innovation: The Influence of Meditation on Steve Jobs

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is,” Jobs told Isaacson. “If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”

~Steve Jobs to biographer Walter Isaacson

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/qk5LMu___

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2015-01-20 12:41:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Spring Practice Period: Touching Earth and Sky

This Practice Period gives us the rare opportunity to drop into the deep questions related to time, life, death, rebirth, nonduality, and no birth no death.

Practice Period (Ango or "peaceful dwelling") is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting Zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (6 Full... more »

Spring Practice Period: Touching Earth and Sky

This Practice Period gives us the rare opportunity to drop into the deep questions related to time, life, death, rebirth, nonduality, and no birth no death.

Practice Period (Ango or "peaceful dwelling") is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting Zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (6 Full Days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period.


Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/UKOr63___

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2015-01-19 13:20:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dharma Talk: Appreciate this life: a drop of dew!
by Sensei Irene Kaigetsu Bakker

Sensei Irène reflects on the history and meaning of dharma transmission in anticipation of Shinzan Palma’s upcoming transmission. Sensei describes a number of the ritualistic endeavors involved and explains that transmission is comprised of two parts: Denkai and Denbo. Continuing on she discusses the life of Maezumi Roshi and the establishment of the White Plum Asanga. Sensei also touches upon one of Maezumi Roshi’s most well known sayings: “appreciate your life” and what does it really mean to “appreciate.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/PnPiKz

Dharma Talk: Appreciate this life: a drop of dew!
by Sensei Irene Kaigetsu Bakker

Sensei Irène reflects on the history and meaning of dharma transmission in anticipation of Shinzan Palma’s upcoming transmission. Sensei describes a number of the ritualistic endeavors involved and explains that transmission is comprised of two parts: Denkai and Denbo. Continuing on she discusses the life of Maezumi Roshi and the establishment of the White Plum Asanga. Sensei also touches upon one of Maezumi Roshi’s most well known sayings: “appreciate your life” and what does it really mean to “appreciate.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/PnPiKz___

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2015-01-19 02:10:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-18 13:55:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Basho:
higher than a skylark
resting in the sky 
on a mountain pass
http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375

Basho:
higher than a skylark
resting in the sky 
on a mountain pass
http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375___

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2015-01-18 13:51:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1470

http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1470___

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2015-01-18 13:50:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Shinzan Palma being given Dharma Transmission on Monday night/Tuesday morning by Roshi Joan Halifax

Shinzan Palma being given Dharma Transmission on Monday night/Tuesday morning by Roshi Joan Halifax___

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2015-01-18 13:44:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Noah Rossetter and Troy Fernandez will be ordained as Novice Priests at Upaya on Tuesday, Join us at 5PM for the ceremony, followed by a celebratory dinner for our new Sensei, Shinzan Palma. 

Noah Rossetter and Troy Fernandez will be ordained as Novice Priests at Upaya on Tuesday, Join us at 5PM for the ceremony, followed by a celebratory dinner for our new Sensei, Shinzan Palma. ___

2015-01-18 13:41:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Upaya in its Winter Practice Period, deep stillness. 

Upaya in its Winter Practice Period, deep stillness. ___

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2015-01-17 12:49:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Being with Dying: Professional Training Program for Clinicians in Compassionate Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying

This revolutionary and practical training program for health care professionals gives essential tools for work with people with serious illness and dying people. Designed primarily for physicians and nurses, the training also includes a small group of experienced administrators, social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, chaplains, and clergy.

The training, based in the G.R.A.C.E. model for cultivating compassion, covers core issues related to care of people facing serious illness, dying, death, and grieving; ethical issues in end-of-life care and training in communication of difficult news; community building around seriously ill persons and relationship-centered care; neuroscience, self-care, capacity building, and resilience training; approaches to the... more »

Being with Dying: Professional Training Program for Clinicians in Compassionate Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying

This revolutionary and practical training program for health care professionals gives essential tools for work with people with serious illness and dying people. Designed primarily for physicians and nurses, the training also includes a small group of experienced administrators, social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, chaplains, and clergy.

The training, based in the G.R.A.C.E. model for cultivating compassion, covers core issues related to care of people facing serious illness, dying, death, and grieving; ethical issues in end-of-life care and training in communication of difficult news; community building around seriously ill persons and relationship-centered care; neuroscience, self-care, capacity building, and resilience training; approaches to the psychological and spiritual care of the dying and those with catastrophic illness; the relationship between pain and suffering; peri-death phenomena; and care of the caregiver.

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/sM16iF___

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2015-01-16 13:35:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dharma Talk: Peaceful Dwelling

Shinzan offers the first Dharma Talk of 2015 by sharing his and some of the buddha ancestors’ wisdom about Ango. Ango means “peaceful dwelling” and describes an intensive period of practice having it’s origins in the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. During practice period we create a container as has been created by numerous people throughout the history of Buddhism. Dogen Zenji calls it “to meet the ancestors.” Ango is a time for us to sit, walk, work, eat and rest together. The only thing we must do is to follow the schedule and be in the moment with one’s body, mind and breath.

Listen: http://goo.gl/ZotuaE

Dharma Talk: Peaceful Dwelling

Shinzan offers the first Dharma Talk of 2015 by sharing his and some of the buddha ancestors’ wisdom about Ango. Ango means “peaceful dwelling” and describes an intensive period of practice having it’s origins in the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. During practice period we create a container as has been created by numerous people throughout the history of Buddhism. Dogen Zenji calls it “to meet the ancestors.” Ango is a time for us to sit, walk, work, eat and rest together. The only thing we must do is to follow the schedule and be in the moment with one’s body, mind and breath.

Listen: http://goo.gl/ZotuaE___

2015-01-15 15:24:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Joyfully announcing the novice priest ordination for Troy Fernandez and Noah Rossetter on Tuesday, 5PM at Upaya Zen Center, Jan. 20. Join us for this and the celebratory dinner for Troy and Noah and new Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma!

Joyfully announcing the novice priest ordination for Troy Fernandez and Noah Rossetter on Tuesday, 5PM at Upaya Zen Center, Jan. 20. Join us for this and the celebratory dinner for Troy and Noah and new Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma!___

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2015-01-15 12:38:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Winter Zen Circle with Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Natalie Goldberg, Joshin Brian Byrnes: Basho, Heart Sutra, Calligraphy, Sesshin: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374

Winter Zen Circle with Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Natalie Goldberg, Joshin Brian Byrnes: Basho, Heart Sutra, Calligraphy, Sesshin: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374___

2015-01-12 22:42:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Responsible speech: from rJoan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-buddhism_n_6458144.html

Responsible speech: from rJoan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-buddhism_n_6458144.html___

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2015-01-12 18:48:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

How To Mindfully, Compassionately Express Yourself - HuffPost Live

How To Mindfully, Compassionately Express Yourself - HuffPost Live___

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2015-01-12 13:04:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The First Paramita: Dana, Generosity
by Roshi Joan Halifax

The gift of non-fear awakens the mind of generosity.

What kind of mind is this? Bodhi mind, awakened mind, includes everything. It includes our fear and our greed.

Another quality which arises with fear and greed is craving, or longing, “I want; I want a relationship; I want money; I want love.” When this mind arises, we are lost in the material world. We are searching the material world for what we want. But the practice of Dana, of generosity, will help us see that what we really want is the mind of non-duality, the mind of non-separation. We can also call this the mind of Love, or coming home, or Bodhi mind.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PB8Oty

The First Paramita: Dana, Generosity
by Roshi Joan Halifax

The gift of non-fear awakens the mind of generosity.

What kind of mind is this? Bodhi mind, awakened mind, includes everything. It includes our fear and our greed.

Another quality which arises with fear and greed is craving, or longing, “I want; I want a relationship; I want money; I want love.” When this mind arises, we are lost in the material world. We are searching the material world for what we want. But the practice of Dana, of generosity, will help us see that what we really want is the mind of non-duality, the mind of non-separation. We can also call this the mind of Love, or coming home, or Bodhi mind.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PB8Oty___

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2015-01-11 00:44:33 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

“Today’s begging is finished: at the crossroads
I wander by the side of the Buddhist shrine
Talking with some of the children.
Last year, a foolish monk
This year, no change!”

~Ryokan

“Today’s begging is finished: at the crossroads
I wander by the side of the Buddhist shrine
Talking with some of the children.
Last year, a foolish monk
This year, no change!”

~Ryokan___

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2015-01-10 16:11:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The amount of daylight is now growing longer, and many of our holiday season celebrations have their ancient historical origins in the various ways that different peoples have marked this experience of transition from darkness.

Of course, the transition is slow, as the below-freezing temperatures of the last two nights remind us.

I suspect that many of us are eager for the transformation to longer, warmer days to hurry along.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PsAsAj

The amount of daylight is now growing longer, and many of our holiday season celebrations have their ancient historical origins in the various ways that different peoples have marked this experience of transition from darkness.

Of course, the transition is slow, as the below-freezing temperatures of the last two nights remind us.

I suspect that many of us are eager for the transformation to longer, warmer days to hurry along.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PsAsAj___

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2015-01-09 13:43:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I Heard it Like This . . . Reflections of an inspired talk by Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax

TEN STEPS ON THE PATH OF SELF AWARENESS

There are ten steps we all can take to enlarge our self awareness. These steps are like strings on an instrument or notes on a piano. We can practice them separately but when played together, we can make beautiful music.

The first step to increased self awareness is ATTENTION. What kind of attention? Attention to an inward watchfulness. When we practice this form of alert behavior, we bring awareness to the flow of feelings, thoughts, moods, fantasies, and sensations that lie within us.
Our interior is a kaleidoscope of mental, emotional, and spiritual activity constantly in flux. How can we be self aware if we do not honor this activity? As a single note on a scale, inwardness can be an act of self absorption but it is not a single... more »

I Heard it Like This . . . Reflections of an inspired talk by Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax

TEN STEPS ON THE PATH OF SELF AWARENESS

There are ten steps we all can take to enlarge our self awareness. These steps are like strings on an instrument or notes on a piano. We can practice them separately but when played together, we can make beautiful music.

The first step to increased self awareness is ATTENTION. What kind of attention? Attention to an inward watchfulness. When we practice this form of alert behavior, we bring awareness to the flow of feelings, thoughts, moods, fantasies, and sensations that lie within us.
Our interior is a kaleidoscope of mental, emotional, and spiritual activity constantly in flux. How can we be self aware if we do not honor this activity? As a single note on a scale, inwardness can be an act of self absorption but it is not a single note. It is part of a greater harmony.

Continue Reading: http://bit.ly/1zMNd7J___

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2015-01-07 14:04:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dharma Podcast: The Koan of Letting Go and Staying Engaged

This Christmas Eve talk by Maia revolves around the question: “How do we let go of our attachment to outcome yet stay engaged?” Which can also be asked: “How do we stay engaged yet learn to let go?” Maia frames these questions as a koan to be worked with in our practice and lives. She explores a number of ways one might approach this koan. Her favorite of which is expressed by a line from the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi. “Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/4W2taO

Dharma Podcast: The Koan of Letting Go and Staying Engaged

This Christmas Eve talk by Maia revolves around the question: “How do we let go of our attachment to outcome yet stay engaged?” Which can also be asked: “How do we stay engaged yet learn to let go?” Maia frames these questions as a koan to be worked with in our practice and lives. She explores a number of ways one might approach this koan. Her favorite of which is expressed by a line from the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi. “Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a massive fire.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/4W2taO___

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2015-01-06 15:22:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

From Roshi Joan: A valentine, this wonderful weekend exploring haiku poet Basho with Natalie Goldberg, Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Feb 13-15. Join us. Narrow Road to the Deep North: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375

From Roshi Joan: A valentine, this wonderful weekend exploring haiku poet Basho with Natalie Goldberg, Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Feb 13-15. Join us. Narrow Road to the Deep North: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375___

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2015-01-06 13:26:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Calligraphy: Freedom of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in... more »

Calligraphy: Freedom of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.
Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/VYBcUU___

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2015-01-05 20:45:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Seminar on the Heart Sutra
with Roshi Joan Halifax, Kaz Tanahashi & Joshin Byrnes

The Heart Sutra is the most widely recited scripture in Mahayana Buddhism. In its short form, the text summarizes the selfless experience of reality in meditation, and how the realization of freedom transcends our usual way of thinking. We will explore its history, key teachings, and their applications in our daily life.

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/tfKZ4A

Seminar on the Heart Sutra
with Roshi Joan Halifax, Kaz Tanahashi & Joshin Byrnes

The Heart Sutra is the most widely recited scripture in Mahayana Buddhism. In its short form, the text summarizes the selfless experience of reality in meditation, and how the realization of freedom transcends our usual way of thinking. We will explore its history, key teachings, and their applications in our daily life.

Details & Registration: http://goo.gl/tfKZ4A___

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2015-01-03 15:40:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I Heard it Like This...Reflections of an inspired talk by Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax

Ten Steps on the Path to Self Awareness

There are ten steps we all can take to enlarge our self awareness. These steps are like strings on an instrument or notes on a piano. We can practice them separately but when played together, we can make beautiful music.

The first step to increased self awareness is ATTENTION. What kind of attention? Attention to an inward watchfulness. When we practice this form of alert behavior, we bring awareness to the flow of feelings, thoughts, moods, fantasies, and sensations that lie within us.
Our interior is a kaleidoscope of mental, emotional, and spiritual activity constantly in flux. How can we be self aware if we do not honor this activity? As a single note on a scale, inwardness can be an act of self absorption but it is not a single... more »

I Heard it Like This...Reflections of an inspired talk by Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax

Ten Steps on the Path to Self Awareness

There are ten steps we all can take to enlarge our self awareness. These steps are like strings on an instrument or notes on a piano. We can practice them separately but when played together, we can make beautiful music.

The first step to increased self awareness is ATTENTION. What kind of attention? Attention to an inward watchfulness. When we practice this form of alert behavior, we bring awareness to the flow of feelings, thoughts, moods, fantasies, and sensations that lie within us.
Our interior is a kaleidoscope of mental, emotional, and spiritual activity constantly in flux. How can we be self aware if we do not honor this activity? As a single note on a scale, inwardness can be an act of self absorption but it is not a single note. It is part of a greater harmony.

Continue Reading: http://bit.ly/1zMNd7J___

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2015-01-03 13:30:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A real valentine, this wonderful weekend exploring haiku poet Basho with Natalie Goldberg, Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Feb 13-15. Join us. http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375

A real valentine, this wonderful weekend exploring haiku poet Basho with Natalie Goldberg, Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan, Feb 13-15. Join us. http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1375___

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2015-01-02 15:15:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

What is Zen?

The word “Zen” is tossed around so carelessly in the commercial world, the human potential world, the world of design, and in popular culture in general, that for someone new to it as an authentic spiritual tradition, it has become too vague to have much meaning. Real Zen is the practice of coming back to the actual right-now-in-this-moment self, coming back to the naturalness, the intimacy and simplicity of our true nature. Zen practice is not about getting away from our life as it is; it is about getting into our life as it is, with all of its vividness, beauty, hardship, joy and sorrow. Zen is a path of awakening: awakening to who we really are, and awakening the aspiration to serve others and take responsibility for all of life.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/am6mCT

What is Zen?

The word “Zen” is tossed around so carelessly in the commercial world, the human potential world, the world of design, and in popular culture in general, that for someone new to it as an authentic spiritual tradition, it has become too vague to have much meaning. Real Zen is the practice of coming back to the actual right-now-in-this-moment self, coming back to the naturalness, the intimacy and simplicity of our true nature. Zen practice is not about getting away from our life as it is; it is about getting into our life as it is, with all of its vividness, beauty, hardship, joy and sorrow. Zen is a path of awakening: awakening to who we really are, and awakening the aspiration to serve others and take responsibility for all of life.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/am6mCT___

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2015-01-01 22:35:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Beyond Thinking

During Sesshin participants will become intimate with Zen Master Dogen's practice of "Just Sitting," embracing what we really are, expressions of Buddha Nature. Dharma talks will be inspired by the text Beyond Thinking by Zen Master Dogen and edited Kazuaki Tanahashi Sensei.  We will be exploring such topics as Entering Zazen, the Zazen Experience, Zazen in Community and Zazen through the Seasons.

Info & Registration: http://goo.gl/8e9BdH

Beyond Thinking

During Sesshin participants will become intimate with Zen Master Dogen's practice of "Just Sitting," embracing what we really are, expressions of Buddha Nature. Dharma talks will be inspired by the text Beyond Thinking by Zen Master Dogen and edited Kazuaki Tanahashi Sensei.  We will be exploring such topics as Entering Zazen, the Zazen Experience, Zazen in Community and Zazen through the Seasons.

Info & Registration: http://goo.gl/8e9BdH___

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2015-01-01 08:06:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The great temple bell rings 
one hundred eight times— 
May there be peace!

—Mitsu Suzuki

The great temple bell rings 
one hundred eight times— 
May there be peace!

—Mitsu Suzuki___

2014-12-31 23:26:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

New Year at Upaya Zen Center: Join us at ten for marking the transition into 2015. 

New Year at Upaya Zen Center: Join us at ten for marking the transition into 2015. ___

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2014-12-31 14:56:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

All Buddhas Throughout Space and Time

Fresh from working with Latin American immigrants in dire circumstances in Arizona, Upaya’s Shinzan Palma speaks movingly (and movedly) about bringing our practice to the front lines — bringing the front lines to our practice. The plain though subtle fact is, our acts and being echo “throughout space and time.” The light left on, the Amazon click… let us not be fooled by the first impression that Mexicans in detention centers, or Guatemalans riding through Mexico on the roof of a train, are situations basically distant from such choices. Always we will find, if we ask, that we have a place in the mandala, form a link in the chain. By forgetting this intimacy, we have let prisons and detention centers become society’s shadow: where we put things we don’t want to look at.

Listen: http://goo.gl/rtwMf6

All Buddhas Throughout Space and Time

Fresh from working with Latin American immigrants in dire circumstances in Arizona, Upaya’s Shinzan Palma speaks movingly (and movedly) about bringing our practice to the front lines — bringing the front lines to our practice. The plain though subtle fact is, our acts and being echo “throughout space and time.” The light left on, the Amazon click… let us not be fooled by the first impression that Mexicans in detention centers, or Guatemalans riding through Mexico on the roof of a train, are situations basically distant from such choices. Always we will find, if we ask, that we have a place in the mandala, form a link in the chain. By forgetting this intimacy, we have let prisons and detention centers become society’s shadow: where we put things we don’t want to look at.

Listen: http://goo.gl/rtwMf6___

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2014-12-31 11:09:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Zen Brain 2015
The Embedded Mind: Perspectives from Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Contemplative practice depends on social context which shapes and gives meaning to experience, behavior, and action. From a scientific perspective, the idea that the social environment actively constitutes cognition is central to the study of embedded cognition. This groundbreaking retreat focuses on the embedded dimension of contemplative practice and experience. The retreat combines the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and Buddhist studies and practice in order to illuminate the role that social context plays in shaping the mind. Talks, discussions, and explorations with participants are embedded within zazen practice throughout each day.

Details: http://goo.gl/dJ9elg

Zen Brain 2015
The Embedded Mind: Perspectives from Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Contemplative practice depends on social context which shapes and gives meaning to experience, behavior, and action. From a scientific perspective, the idea that the social environment actively constitutes cognition is central to the study of embedded cognition. This groundbreaking retreat focuses on the embedded dimension of contemplative practice and experience. The retreat combines the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and Buddhist studies and practice in order to illuminate the role that social context plays in shaping the mind. Talks, discussions, and explorations with participants are embedded within zazen practice throughout each day.

Details: http://goo.gl/dJ9elg___

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2014-12-30 23:42:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Celebrate New Year's with us at Upaya! 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 31, join us at 10:00 p.m. for our New Year's meditation, with 108 bells at midnight, a short talk by Roshi Joan, and refreshments in the River House.

(Please note: There will be no 5:30 p.m. sit or Dharma talk that evening.)

Celebrate New Year's with us at Upaya! 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 31, join us at 10:00 p.m. for our New Year's meditation, with 108 bells at midnight, a short talk by Roshi Joan, and refreshments in the River House.

(Please note: There will be no 5:30 p.m. sit or Dharma talk that evening.)___

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2014-12-30 13:04:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Zen Brain 2015
The Embedded Mind: Perspectives from Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Contemplative practice depends on social context which shapes and gives meaning to experience, behavior, and action. From a scientific perspective, the idea that the social environment actively constitutes cognition is central to the study of embedded cognition. This groundbreaking retreat focuses on the embedded dimension of contemplative practice and experience. The retreat combines the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and Buddhist studies and practice in order to illuminate the role that social context plays in shaping the mind. Talks, discussions, and explorations with participants are embedded within zazen practice throughout each day.

Details: http://goo.gl/dJ9elg

Zen Brain 2015
The Embedded Mind: Perspectives from Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Contemplative practice depends on social context which shapes and gives meaning to experience, behavior, and action. From a scientific perspective, the idea that the social environment actively constitutes cognition is central to the study of embedded cognition. This groundbreaking retreat focuses on the embedded dimension of contemplative practice and experience. The retreat combines the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and Buddhist studies and practice in order to illuminate the role that social context plays in shaping the mind. Talks, discussions, and explorations with participants are embedded within zazen practice throughout each day.

Details: http://goo.gl/dJ9elg___

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2014-12-29 13:29:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sesshin: Four Great Vows
with Kaz Tanahashi & Joshin Byrnes

“Beings are numberless. I vow to free them…” The four great vows are recited daily by Buddhist practitioners in the all-encompassing intention of liberation.

In this sesshin, we will explore deep meanings of the vows and the ethical framework for Buddhist social engagement. We will also explore its overlaps with Liberation Theology, which calls for efforts to liberate people from poverty, oppressive political systems, as well as toward racial and gender inequality and environmental injustice.

Details: http://goo.gl/tPygzW

Sesshin: Four Great Vows
with Kaz Tanahashi & Joshin Byrnes

“Beings are numberless. I vow to free them…” The four great vows are recited daily by Buddhist practitioners in the all-encompassing intention of liberation.

In this sesshin, we will explore deep meanings of the vows and the ethical framework for Buddhist social engagement. We will also explore its overlaps with Liberation Theology, which calls for efforts to liberate people from poverty, oppressive political systems, as well as toward racial and gender inequality and environmental injustice.

Details: http://goo.gl/tPygzW___

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2014-12-28 12:55:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

With Roshi Joan Halifax, Natalie Goldberg, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Joshin Brian Byrnes: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374

With Roshi Joan Halifax, Natalie Goldberg, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Joshin Brian Byrnes: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374___

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2014-12-27 13:51:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We wish all a joyful and kind holiday season, and we thank you for all you have done for and with Upaya this year. 
As 2015 approaches, we invite you to become a partner with Upaya now. Your support is so very important to us as we set our course for the New Year. You may choose how you'd like to designate your gift from the many ways Upaya supports an extensive community in practice, training, and service: http://www.upaya.org/give/

To those of you who have already sent your gift for our work ahead, we give a deep bow of gratitude.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center, 
Joshin Brian Byrnes, President of Upaya Zen Center
and The Upaya Community

We wish all a joyful and kind holiday season, and we thank you for all you have done for and with Upaya this year. 
As 2015 approaches, we invite you to become a partner with Upaya now. Your support is so very important to us as we set our course for the New Year. You may choose how you'd like to designate your gift from the many ways Upaya supports an extensive community in practice, training, and service: http://www.upaya.org/give/

To those of you who have already sent your gift for our work ahead, we give a deep bow of gratitude.

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center, 
Joshin Brian Byrnes, President of Upaya Zen Center
and The Upaya Community___

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2014-12-26 13:56:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"One afternoon during our pilgrimage in Mustang, Nepal, this year, we got to a small village, and the place we were going to camp was covered with cow pies. So Carroll Dunham, the anthropologist that Roshi works with, went around the village knocking on doors to find out if there was another field for us to camp in.

At one of the houses, a woman answered and said to Carroll, “Well, why are you here? What are you doing here?” And she replied, “We’re a part of a medical team, and we’re here to set up a medical clinic.” And the woman said, “Oh, please come in.”

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/Gdbip0

"One afternoon during our pilgrimage in Mustang, Nepal, this year, we got to a small village, and the place we were going to camp was covered with cow pies. So Carroll Dunham, the anthropologist that Roshi works with, went around the village knocking on doors to find out if there was another field for us to camp in.

At one of the houses, a woman answered and said to Carroll, “Well, why are you here? What are you doing here?” And she replied, “We’re a part of a medical team, and we’re here to set up a medical clinic.” And the woman said, “Oh, please come in.”

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/Gdbip0___

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2014-12-24 13:19:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Basho & Haiku: Narrow Road to the Deep North

In this retreat led by Kaz Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, these old friends will take the journey into the deep north with us. We will examine the life of great master Basho, who practiced Zen through the Way of Haiku. In l689 Basho walked Japan's Northern Interior, recording the essential and transient nature of what he encountered. This path was also a metaphoric trail into one's dark and mysterious center. Like Basho, we will practice meditation, walking and haiku-writing as a way into No Mind. To prepare ourselves we will be assigned one of his books to read ahead of time and we will also glory in the deep pleasure of his haiku for inspiration and edification.

Details: http://goo.gl/eDqs1E

Basho & Haiku: Narrow Road to the Deep North

In this retreat led by Kaz Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, these old friends will take the journey into the deep north with us. We will examine the life of great master Basho, who practiced Zen through the Way of Haiku. In l689 Basho walked Japan's Northern Interior, recording the essential and transient nature of what he encountered. This path was also a metaphoric trail into one's dark and mysterious center. Like Basho, we will practice meditation, walking and haiku-writing as a way into No Mind. To prepare ourselves we will be assigned one of his books to read ahead of time and we will also glory in the deep pleasure of his haiku for inspiration and edification.

Details: http://goo.gl/eDqs1E___

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2014-12-24 06:27:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dana means letting go of everything. In practice, it means letting go of thoughts, of opinions, of resistance. Material wealth and psycho-spiritual wealth work when we give it away. Dana means giving it away. Giving away our thoughts, and giving away whatever wealth you have. So practice this first paramita with your thoughts; letting go of your thoughts you are practicing dana. Then practice with everything that you have! It’s wonderful!

Dana means letting go of everything. In practice, it means letting go of thoughts, of opinions, of resistance. Material wealth and psycho-spiritual wealth work when we give it away. Dana means giving it away. Giving away our thoughts, and giving away whatever wealth you have. So practice this first paramita with your thoughts; letting go of your thoughts you are practicing dana. Then practice with everything that you have! It’s wonderful!___

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2014-12-23 03:42:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

“When we walk slowly, the world can fully appear. Not only are the creatures not frightened away by our haste or aggression, but the fine detail of fern and flower, or devastation and disruption, becomes visible. Many of us hurry along because we do not want to see what is really going on in and around us. We are afraid to let our senses touch the body of suffering or the body of beauty”

~Roshi Joan Halifax

“When we walk slowly, the world can fully appear. Not only are the creatures not frightened away by our haste or aggression, but the fine detail of fern and flower, or devastation and disruption, becomes visible. Many of us hurry along because we do not want to see what is really going on in and around us. We are afraid to let our senses touch the body of suffering or the body of beauty”

~Roshi Joan Halifax___

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2014-12-21 14:04:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Rohatsu Sesshin - Part 4
with Kaz Tanahashi & Roshi Enkyo O'Hara

Is wisdom beyond wisdom in opposition to the common wisdom that discerns big from small, right from wrong, valuable from not? It could seem so, says Kaz Sensei — keeping boundaries certainly sounds like the opposite of going beyond boundaries. And yet our ventures into boundlessness rely keenly on our generosity, ethical integrity, and sanctification of every detail. Rohatsu’s endless bowing hopes to express this sanctity. When Kaz was a young man, a single wholehearted bow from a Rinzai roshi turned him entirely around: such a bow “can change the course of a nation.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/Bt4IUx

Rohatsu Sesshin - Part 4
with Kaz Tanahashi & Roshi Enkyo O'Hara

Is wisdom beyond wisdom in opposition to the common wisdom that discerns big from small, right from wrong, valuable from not? It could seem so, says Kaz Sensei — keeping boundaries certainly sounds like the opposite of going beyond boundaries. And yet our ventures into boundlessness rely keenly on our generosity, ethical integrity, and sanctification of every detail. Rohatsu’s endless bowing hopes to express this sanctity. When Kaz was a young man, a single wholehearted bow from a Rinzai roshi turned him entirely around: such a bow “can change the course of a nation.”

Listen: http://goo.gl/Bt4IUx___

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2014-12-20 13:42:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The First Paramita: Dana, Generosity
by Roshi Joan Halifax

The gift of non-fear awakens the mind of generosity.

What kind of mind is this? Bodhi mind, awakened mind, includes everything. It includes our fear and our greed.

Another quality which arises with fear and greed is craving, or longing, “I want; I want a relationship; I want money; I want love.” When this mind arises, we are lost in the material world. We are searching the material world for what we want. But the practice of Dana, of generosity, will help us see that what we really want is the mind of non-duality, the mind of non-separation. We can also call this the mind of Love, or coming home, or Bodhi mind.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PB8Oty

The First Paramita: Dana, Generosity
by Roshi Joan Halifax

The gift of non-fear awakens the mind of generosity.

What kind of mind is this? Bodhi mind, awakened mind, includes everything. It includes our fear and our greed.

Another quality which arises with fear and greed is craving, or longing, “I want; I want a relationship; I want money; I want love.” When this mind arises, we are lost in the material world. We are searching the material world for what we want. But the practice of Dana, of generosity, will help us see that what we really want is the mind of non-duality, the mind of non-separation. We can also call this the mind of Love, or coming home, or Bodhi mind.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/PB8Oty___

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2014-12-19 21:37:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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