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Upaya Zen Center has been shared in 25 public circles

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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
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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
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2014-11-06 15:32:14 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A wonderful Throwback Thursday image of Roshi Joan Halifax and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The story behind the image in Roshi's own words: 

"The year before, I had had eye surgery followed by radiation and the dosage was not fractionate sufficiently and my eyes had been terribly burned. Not long after that, with my eyes in bandages, I was in a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Santa Barbara. I had almost decided to drop out of this small meeting with scientists, but since I was the only woman, and my friend Francisco Varela and I had talked about what was to become The Mind and Life Institute, I went, with eyes in thick bandages. His Holiness invited me to meet him early the next morning, and it was during this meeting that I explored with him the possibility of him meeting with neuroscientists to explore the mind and brain. He was very interested. Later, I was in Madras at... more »

Most reshares: 7

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2014-10-26 15:26:51 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”

~Huang Po

Most plusones: 18

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2014-10-26 15:26:51 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”

~Huang Po

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2014-11-23 13:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The GRACE compassion training, March 6-8, at Upaya Zen Center, is an exceptional program taught by Roshi Joan Halifax and clinicians, Tony Anthony Back and Cynda Rushton, for all who are involved in serving others, from clinicians to people in immigration reform, human services, civil and human rights, environmental reform, medicine, education, and others. Early registration is advised.

The GRACE compassion training, March 6-8, at Upaya Zen Center, is an exceptional program taught by Roshi Joan Halifax and clinicians, Tony Anthony Back and Cynda Rushton, for all who are involved in serving others, from clinicians to people in immigration reform, human services, civil and human rights, environmental reform, medicine, education, and others. Early registration is advised.___

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2014-11-23 00:37:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh: Wendy Johnson

Join Wendy Johnson and Roshi Joan Halifax
May 28— May 31, 2015 for
MOUNTAIN, VILLAGE, VALLEY:
Practicing in the Wild and Cultivated World

"It is a deep privilege to keep the watch through the night and in the next few days, and to feel how deeply our lives intertwine, in every way. And how grateful I am to have heard clearly and very calmly from Roshi Joan about Thich Nhat Hanh. So for those of us who had the privilege of practicing with this wonderful teacher in the early years—the floating sangha, we called ourselves—it is with a huge amount of gratitude that I am here tonight with you…"

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

Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh: Wendy Johnson

Join Wendy Johnson and Roshi Joan Halifax
May 28— May 31, 2015 for
MOUNTAIN, VILLAGE, VALLEY:
Practicing in the Wild and Cultivated World

"It is a deep privilege to keep the watch through the night and in the next few days, and to feel how deeply our lives intertwine, in every way. And how grateful I am to have heard clearly and very calmly from Roshi Joan about Thich Nhat Hanh. So for those of us who had the privilege of practicing with this wonderful teacher in the early years—the floating sangha, we called ourselves—it is with a huge amount of gratitude that I am here tonight with you…"

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

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2014-11-21 02:23:22 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-20 21:34:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Just in time for the first snow of the season in Santa Fe, Upaya’s bookstore is now stocked with beautiful long-sleeved shirts featuring the original enso of Master Calligrapher Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Just in time for the first snow of the season in Santa Fe, Upaya’s bookstore is now stocked with beautiful long-sleeved shirts featuring the original enso of Master Calligrapher Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi.___

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2014-11-20 12:40:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Interbeing: Precepts and Practices of an Applied Ecology-Marty Peale & Roshi Joan Halifax

In 1966, in the wake of a violent war that had raged for a quarter century, a war that left 1,500,000 countrymen dead and forests defoliated across his tropical homeland, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and renowned peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, founded a new Order. He called it the Tiep Hien Order, the Order of Interbeing. Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings reveal the depth of the suffering he had witnessed and felt throughout his adult life—and the depth of his compassion. The Order of Interbeing is dedicated to alleviating suffering, fostering peace, raising awareness of non-duality, and raising awareness of the interpenetration of all beings. These are exemplified in the Order’s emphasis on engagement in the world and social transformation.

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

Interbeing: Precepts and Practices of an Applied Ecology-Marty Peale & Roshi Joan Halifax

In 1966, in the wake of a violent war that had raged for a quarter century, a war that left 1,500,000 countrymen dead and forests defoliated across his tropical homeland, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and renowned peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, founded a new Order. He called it the Tiep Hien Order, the Order of Interbeing. Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings reveal the depth of the suffering he had witnessed and felt throughout his adult life—and the depth of his compassion. The Order of Interbeing is dedicated to alleviating suffering, fostering peace, raising awareness of non-duality, and raising awareness of the interpenetration of all beings. These are exemplified in the Order’s emphasis on engagement in the world and social transformation.

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

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2014-11-19 22:53:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Join us tomorrow for the Santa Fe Screening of Dying to Know, a new documentary about Ram Dass & Timothy Leary tomorrow at the Lensic! Tickets via the Lensic: http://www.lensic.org/content/tickets_santa_fe

Join us tomorrow for the Santa Fe Screening of Dying to Know, a new documentary about Ram Dass & Timothy Leary tomorrow at the Lensic! Tickets via the Lensic: http://www.lensic.org/content/tickets_santa_fe___

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2014-11-19 13:05:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih___

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2014-11-18 21:46:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Join us tomorrow for a dharma talk by Upaya priest and dharma holder, Ray Olson, "Who Do You Think You Are, Anyway?" Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple.

Join us tomorrow for a dharma talk by Upaya priest and dharma holder, Ray Olson, "Who Do You Think You Are, Anyway?" Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple.___

2014-11-18 11:44:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Winter snow, blue sky, bright sun, the practice in the zendo turns the heart toward the world while in its great quiet and stillness.

Winter snow, blue sky, bright sun, the practice in the zendo turns the heart toward the world while in its great quiet and stillness.___

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2014-11-17 14:16:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Ease and Joy of Mornings
with Shinzan Palma

Upaya is pleased to offer (donation only) a half-day of meditation practice for the community: dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence.  For those new to meditation, this day will be a perfect  introduction, and for those already established in their practice you will have the opportunity to nourish it further.   - See more at: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1200#sthash.Tut6kHP1.dpuf

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/sq1zDE

The Ease and Joy of Mornings
with Shinzan Palma

Upaya is pleased to offer (donation only) a half-day of meditation practice for the community: dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence.  For those new to meditation, this day will be a perfect  introduction, and for those already established in their practice you will have the opportunity to nourish it further.   - See more at: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1200#sthash.Tut6kHP1.dpuf

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/sq1zDE___

2014-11-16 13:46:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Upaya held a large healing service for Thich Nhat Hanh Nov. 15, led by Roshi Joan Halifax and Wendy Johnson. The latest news regarding Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Nov 16: Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done. Doctors report that Thầy is showing good progress in terms of remaining stable and not having major changes in his condition during this critical part of his recovery. The area of hemorrhage has not grown and his vital signs are normal.

In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he hasalso o... more »

Upaya held a large healing service for Thich Nhat Hanh Nov. 15, led by Roshi Joan Halifax and Wendy Johnson. The latest news regarding Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Nov 16: Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done. Doctors report that Thầy is showing good progress in terms of remaining stable and not having major changes in his condition during this critical part of his recovery. The area of hemorrhage has not grown and his vital signs are normal.

In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gestures of communication are clearer, nodding or shaking his head to respond. Thầy has been able to rest and sleep peacefully for several hours each day. The doctors are cautiously optimistic and remind us that Thầy’s condition is still in a critical stage and conditions can change at any moment.___

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2014-11-16 13:15:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Winter Practice Period at Upaya Zen Center - The Way of Zen

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, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

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

Winter Practice Period at Upaya Zen Center - The Way of Zen

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, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

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

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2014-11-16 07:01:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

“We believe that it takes a strong back and a soft front to face the world.”
—Roshi Joan Halifax

Join Roshi Joan Halifax and the faculty of the Being with Dying training for this extraordinary program in March!

“We believe that it takes a strong back and a soft front to face the world.”
—Roshi Joan Halifax

Join Roshi Joan Halifax and the faculty of the Being with Dying training for this extraordinary program in March!___

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2014-11-14 04:54:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Zazenkai: A Daylong Silent Meditation Retreat (January 10, 2015)

A daylong silent meditation retreat provides us with the experience of deep periods of uninterrupted meditation. We do sitting and walking meditation throughout the day, one hour of work practice, three informal meals, and a dharma talk by the teacher. A private interview with the teacher will be available. Meditation instruction is available for those new to practice.

This daylong meditation retreat is an opportunity to become familiar with zen-meditation and zen-forms. It will give you also a taste of a sesshin (week-long intensive meditation).

Details: http://goo.gl/O57mWV

Zazenkai: A Daylong Silent Meditation Retreat (January 10, 2015)

A daylong silent meditation retreat provides us with the experience of deep periods of uninterrupted meditation. We do sitting and walking meditation throughout the day, one hour of work practice, three informal meals, and a dharma talk by the teacher. A private interview with the teacher will be available. Meditation instruction is available for those new to practice.

This daylong meditation retreat is an opportunity to become familiar with zen-meditation and zen-forms. It will give you also a taste of a sesshin (week-long intensive meditation).

Details: http://goo.gl/O57mWV___

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2014-11-13 11:31:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Upaya Zen Center's free weekly newsletter a resource for all of us: http://www.upaya.org/newsletters/

Upaya Zen Center's free weekly newsletter a resource for all of us: http://www.upaya.org/newsletters/___

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2014-11-12 21:35:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Textures and smells of pieces of the natural world sparked liveliness and remembrance. Joy erupted and often became contagious among all participants and volunteers. From the project, moments of social engagement and connection, conversations and stories grew. The attitude of the residents “looking forward to” the next activity designed to reconnect with nature touched and inspired all of the volunteers and staff and served to demonstrate the reconnection of the residents with nature.

Textures and smells of pieces of the natural world sparked liveliness and remembrance. Joy erupted and often became contagious among all participants and volunteers. From the project, moments of social engagement and connection, conversations and stories grew. The attitude of the residents “looking forward to” the next activity designed to reconnect with nature touched and inspired all of the volunteers and staff and served to demonstrate the reconnection of the residents with nature.___

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2014-11-12 13:19:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Role of the Buddhist Chaplain in Global Health: David Addiss, M.D.

The emerging multidisciplinary field of global health is rooted in awareness that all life is interconnected and that people who live in poverty suffer a disproportionate share of the global disease burden. At its best, global health represents a compassionate, coordinated response to human suffering and a commitment to health equity through systemic change. Many, if not most, of those who enter the field of global health are motivated by spiritual values of compassion and service, but they frequently find it difficult to bring these values fully into their work.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2pxtr9

The Role of the Buddhist Chaplain in Global Health: David Addiss, M.D.

The emerging multidisciplinary field of global health is rooted in awareness that all life is interconnected and that people who live in poverty suffer a disproportionate share of the global disease burden. At its best, global health represents a compassionate, coordinated response to human suffering and a commitment to health equity through systemic change. Many, if not most, of those who enter the field of global health are motivated by spiritual values of compassion and service, but they frequently find it difficult to bring these values fully into their work.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2pxtr9___

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2014-11-11 23:19:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join us for a dharma talk tomorrow with Wendy Johnson, "Writing at the Edge of the World." Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m., in the Circle of the Way Temple.

Join us for a dharma talk tomorrow with Wendy Johnson, "Writing at the Edge of the World." Wednesday, November 12, 5:30 p.m., in the Circle of the Way Temple.___

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2014-11-11 13:31:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A Glimpse into our Being With Dying: Contemplative End-of-Life Care Training Program

Watch: http://goo.gl/qh2rG9

A Glimpse into our Being With Dying: Contemplative End-of-Life Care Training Program

Watch: http://goo.gl/qh2rG9___

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2014-11-10 18:23:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih___

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2014-11-10 13:46:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Winter Practice Period: The Way of Zen

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, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled 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

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/XnG5cu

Winter Practice Period: The Way of Zen

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, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled 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

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/XnG5cu___

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2014-11-08 15:21:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The GRACE compassion training, March 6-8, at Upaya Zen Center, is an exceptional program taught by Roshi Joan Halifax and clinicians, Tony Anthony Back and Cynda Rushton, for all who are involved in serving others, from clinicians to people in immigration reform, human services, civil and human rights, environmental reform, medicine, education, and others. Early registration is advised. 
http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1301

The GRACE compassion training, March 6-8, at Upaya Zen Center, is an exceptional program taught by Roshi Joan Halifax and clinicians, Tony Anthony Back and Cynda Rushton, for all who are involved in serving others, from clinicians to people in immigration reform, human services, civil and human rights, environmental reform, medicine, education, and others. Early registration is advised. 
http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1301___

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2014-11-08 15:05:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih

Rohatsu: Wisdom Beyond Wisdom

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/2NuUih___

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2014-11-07 16:48:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Upaya's free dharma podcasts: one of the largest of free dharma podcasts in the world.... over two million downloads and over a thousand free podcasts
http://www.upaya.org/author/talkadmin/

Upaya's free dharma podcasts: one of the largest of free dharma podcasts in the world.... over two million downloads and over a thousand free podcasts
http://www.upaya.org/author/talkadmin/___

2014-11-07 16:00:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Join Roshi Joan at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on November 20 for the wild and wonderful film by Gay Dillingham: Dying to Know.

Join Roshi Joan at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on November 20 for the wild and wonderful film by Gay Dillingham: Dying to Know.___

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2014-11-06 21:33:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

There we gathered at the selection site where the trains arrived and the boxcars, each filled with 200 or more people, emptied out. A Nazi doctor would then immediately select some young men and women to be work or sex slaves and send the rest immediately to the gas chambers. 90 percent of all Jews – women, children and the elderly or infirm – went immediately to the birch forest to await their gassing and cremation. Bernie asked us to consider how we make our selections – what stays and what goes in our perceptions, beliefs, and actions.

And the deep contemplation of the relationship between diversity, the ability to move toward what is different rather than away from it began. To what and whom do I offer shelter and what and whom do I automatically relegate to obscurity or death in the selection platform of my own mind.

There we gathered at the selection site where the trains arrived and the boxcars, each filled with 200 or more people, emptied out. A Nazi doctor would then immediately select some young men and women to be work or sex slaves and send the rest immediately to the gas chambers. 90 percent of all Jews – women, children and the elderly or infirm – went immediately to the birch forest to await their gassing and cremation. Bernie asked us to consider how we make our selections – what stays and what goes in our perceptions, beliefs, and actions.

And the deep contemplation of the relationship between diversity, the ability to move toward what is different rather than away from it began. To what and whom do I offer shelter and what and whom do I automatically relegate to obscurity or death in the selection platform of my own mind.___

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2014-11-06 19:49:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Dharma Talk: Restoring Wonder

In this zazenkai (day of meditation) talk, Upaya’s Joshin Brian Byrnes asks, why do we come here to practice? He muses on several of the possible reasons — seeking refuge from one’s mind and the strife of the world; seeking answers about these things also — and then presents Hongzhi’s “Silent Illumination” as a way of sitting at once in the refuge and the answers: silence, illumination. But this refuge and clarity is not one-sided — it encompasses all the light and the dark of life with “restored wonder” (Hongzhi), instead of seeing life, with its thoroughly transient weather, as basically in need of fixing. As St. Paul says in Corinthians, “all things pass away: and behold, all things become new.”

Dharma Talk: Restoring Wonder

In this zazenkai (day of meditation) talk, Upaya’s Joshin Brian Byrnes asks, why do we come here to practice? He muses on several of the possible reasons — seeking refuge from one’s mind and the strife of the world; seeking answers about these things also — and then presents Hongzhi’s “Silent Illumination” as a way of sitting at once in the refuge and the answers: silence, illumination. But this refuge and clarity is not one-sided — it encompasses all the light and the dark of life with “restored wonder” (Hongzhi), instead of seeing life, with its thoroughly transient weather, as basically in need of fixing. As St. Paul says in Corinthians, “all things pass away: and behold, all things become new.”___

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2014-11-06 15:32:14 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A wonderful Throwback Thursday image of Roshi Joan Halifax and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The story behind the image in Roshi's own words: 

"The year before, I had had eye surgery followed by radiation and the dosage was not fractionate sufficiently and my eyes had been terribly burned. Not long after that, with my eyes in bandages, I was in a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Santa Barbara. I had almost decided to drop out of this small meeting with scientists, but since I was the only woman, and my friend Francisco Varela and I had talked about what was to become The Mind and Life Institute, I went, with eyes in thick bandages. His Holiness invited me to meet him early the next morning, and it was during this meeting that I explored with him the possibility of him meeting with neuroscientists to explore the mind and brain. He was very interested. Later, I was in Madras at... more »

A wonderful Throwback Thursday image of Roshi Joan Halifax and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The story behind the image in Roshi's own words: 

"The year before, I had had eye surgery followed by radiation and the dosage was not fractionate sufficiently and my eyes had been terribly burned. Not long after that, with my eyes in bandages, I was in a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Santa Barbara. I had almost decided to drop out of this small meeting with scientists, but since I was the only woman, and my friend Francisco Varela and I had talked about what was to become The Mind and Life Institute, I went, with eyes in thick bandages. His Holiness invited me to meet him early the next morning, and it was during this meeting that I explored with him the possibility of him meeting with neuroscientists to explore the mind and brain. He was very interested. Later, I was in Madras at an interfaith meeting with Father Bede Griffiths, and when His Holiness saw me, that moment was captured in this photo. No eye bandages, and both of us full of delight. Later, we met privately and again talked about the possibility of science meetings, and by this time, he had met Francisco Varela and I had put Adam Engle together with Cisco and things were unfolding. Lots of memories about Mind and Life Institute's early years are present for me now, as I continue to be involved in this wonderful endeavor, both internationally and in Europe."___

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2014-11-05 16:15:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Living in vow with intention, as opposed to living or being pushed around by our karma or habit (collection of opinions), is the path of a Bodhisattva. Vows can support us in our practice similarly to the way a trellis offers support to a climbing rose. Vows (Buddha Mind) do not have to be abstract. Metaphorically speaking, they can support me as I enter the gate of each moment completely."

"Living in vow with intention, as opposed to living or being pushed around by our karma or habit (collection of opinions), is the path of a Bodhisattva. Vows can support us in our practice similarly to the way a trellis offers support to a climbing rose. Vows (Buddha Mind) do not have to be abstract. Metaphorically speaking, they can support me as I enter the gate of each moment completely."___

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2014-11-05 13:25:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Cultivating Wisdom

Sean Murphy leads two lucid guided meditations on “stepping through the door,” into focused stillness on the one hand (concentration) and into unbounded, egoless expanse on the other (insight). He offers tips for noticing this quiet expanse in any state of mind. It’s perhaps analogous to shifting the gaze onto negative space, or noticing the pervasive silence that gives separate sounds their very shape: “since I’m aware of this upset/anxiety/anger, that means a much larger field is also here.” Sean then asks probing questions about the several felt qualities of this background — qualities pretty much opposite to the seeming qualities of what’s in the foreground — so that a clear picture of the thing will let us step through the door again that much more readily.

Listen: http://goo.gl/I3wJWq

Cultivating Wisdom

Sean Murphy leads two lucid guided meditations on “stepping through the door,” into focused stillness on the one hand (concentration) and into unbounded, egoless expanse on the other (insight). He offers tips for noticing this quiet expanse in any state of mind. It’s perhaps analogous to shifting the gaze onto negative space, or noticing the pervasive silence that gives separate sounds their very shape: “since I’m aware of this upset/anxiety/anger, that means a much larger field is also here.” Sean then asks probing questions about the several felt qualities of this background — qualities pretty much opposite to the seeming qualities of what’s in the foreground — so that a clear picture of the thing will let us step through the door again that much more readily.

Listen: http://goo.gl/I3wJWq___

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2014-11-04 21:21:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join us for a dharma talk offered in the midst of sesshin tomorrow,
Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 p.m. Joshin Brian Byrnes, Dharma Holder, "The Boundless Field."

Join us for a dharma talk offered in the midst of sesshin tomorrow,
Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 p.m. Joshin Brian Byrnes, Dharma Holder, "The Boundless Field."___

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2014-11-04 13:10:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Dharma Talk: The Heart of Zen

Upaya’s Shinzan Palma explores two key zazen-related questions: what personal qualities should we cultivate for a truly transformative (vs. accumulation-minded) zazen, and what does Dogen mean when he says “zazen is not learning meditation?” He traces the close-up experience of such supports for a flourishing practice as patience, joy, discipline, appreciation, renunciation. Renunciation, for instance, Shinzan tells us is not a matter of asceticism — it means to have an eye always open for what is extra in our lives, what can be let go.

Listen: http://goo.gl/CCgZAJ

Dharma Talk: The Heart of Zen

Upaya’s Shinzan Palma explores two key zazen-related questions: what personal qualities should we cultivate for a truly transformative (vs. accumulation-minded) zazen, and what does Dogen mean when he says “zazen is not learning meditation?” He traces the close-up experience of such supports for a flourishing practice as patience, joy, discipline, appreciation, renunciation. Renunciation, for instance, Shinzan tells us is not a matter of asceticism — it means to have an eye always open for what is extra in our lives, what can be let go.

Listen: http://goo.gl/CCgZAJ___

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2014-11-04 13:06:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Mind and Life Institute's new website: http://www.mindandlife.org/donor-profiles/roshi-joan-halifax/

The Mind and Life Institute's new website: http://www.mindandlife.org/donor-profiles/roshi-joan-halifax/___

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2014-11-04 12:26:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This Zen Circle Program at Upaya Zen Center is going to be exceptional. Join Kazuaki Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Joshin Brian Byrnes, and me for a journey into the heart of Zen, with special programs on Basho, Heart Sutra, Sesshin, and calligraphy led by our faculty and me: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374

This Zen Circle Program at Upaya Zen Center is going to be exceptional. Join Kazuaki Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, Joshin Brian Byrnes, and me for a journey into the heart of Zen, with special programs on Basho, Heart Sutra, Sesshin, and calligraphy led by our faculty and me: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374___

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2014-11-03 13:28:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join Roshi Joan, Richard Davidson, Cliff Saron, John Dunne, Evan Thompson, and others for this exceptional time of exploration in science and meditation: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1274

Join Roshi Joan, Richard Davidson, Cliff Saron, John Dunne, Evan Thompson, and others for this exceptional time of exploration in science and meditation: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1274___

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2014-11-03 13:20:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Upaya and Roshi Joan Halifax are featured in the Daily Beast, "What If Meditation Isn't Good For You?

The scholars and teachers responsible for the ‘mindfulness revolution’ gather for a landmark conference—and disagree about everything.
Mindfulness’s moment is here. One million Americans are taking up mindfulness meditation each year. It’s in the conference rooms at Twitter, in schools and hospitals, and helping traumatized soldiers. And the scientific data on the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions has become so compelling that insurance companies are starting to cover them...

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/8sZ5Bv

Upaya and Roshi Joan Halifax are featured in the Daily Beast, "What If Meditation Isn't Good For You?

The scholars and teachers responsible for the ‘mindfulness revolution’ gather for a landmark conference—and disagree about everything.
Mindfulness’s moment is here. One million Americans are taking up mindfulness meditation each year. It’s in the conference rooms at Twitter, in schools and hospitals, and helping traumatized soldiers. And the scientific data on the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions has become so compelling that insurance companies are starting to cover them...

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/8sZ5Bv___

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2014-11-02 13:16:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

*“After Buddhism” with Stephen Batchelor & Roshi Joan Halifax Audio 
Set*

Upaya Zen Center's podcasts have been created into tracked out album offerings. This easily allows the listener to download the whole set divided into chapters. We are grateful for your interest and hope you benefit from this new format.

Listen: http://goo.gl/RFd3GA

*“After Buddhism” with Stephen Batchelor & Roshi Joan Halifax Audio 
Set*

Upaya Zen Center's podcasts have been created into tracked out album offerings. This easily allows the listener to download the whole set divided into chapters. We are grateful for your interest and hope you benefit from this new format.

Listen: http://goo.gl/RFd3GA___

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2014-11-01 12:50:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wisdom Through Discernment

Upaya’s Shinzan Palma embarks on the question, “how do we make difficult decisions?” in his inimitably warm and engaging manner — and in service to answering it, he makes a substantial study of the theory and practice of “wisdom” in Buddhism. Theory-wise, he covers wisdom’s place in several classical Buddhist “lists” (the threefold this & seven factors of that); the non-linear feedback loop of ethics/meditation/wisdom; the core Buddhist principle that wisdom and compassion are two expressions of a single thing. Practice-wise, he shares his own journey of hard decisions. He says such moments are deeply creative: they’re wisdom moments and wisdom always takes us where we haven’t been before, births a new being.

Continue Reading & Listen: http://goo.gl/VjJsrT

Wisdom Through Discernment

Upaya’s Shinzan Palma embarks on the question, “how do we make difficult decisions?” in his inimitably warm and engaging manner — and in service to answering it, he makes a substantial study of the theory and practice of “wisdom” in Buddhism. Theory-wise, he covers wisdom’s place in several classical Buddhist “lists” (the threefold this & seven factors of that); the non-linear feedback loop of ethics/meditation/wisdom; the core Buddhist principle that wisdom and compassion are two expressions of a single thing. Practice-wise, he shares his own journey of hard decisions. He says such moments are deeply creative: they’re wisdom moments and wisdom always takes us where we haven’t been before, births a new being.

Continue Reading & Listen: http://goo.gl/VjJsrT___

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2014-10-30 17:43:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

If you're a fan of the vegetarian cuisine at Upaya, vote for Upaya's beloved chef Sandra McDonald in the Edible Santa Fe Local Hero Awards! Let's let the world know she's the best chef in town. Voting ends tomorrow 10/31 at midnight!

https://ediblesantafe.formstack.com/forms/heroes2014

If you're a fan of the vegetarian cuisine at Upaya, vote for Upaya's beloved chef Sandra McDonald in the Edible Santa Fe Local Hero Awards! Let's let the world know she's the best chef in town. Voting ends tomorrow 10/31 at midnight!

https://ediblesantafe.formstack.com/forms/heroes2014___

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2014-10-30 12:12:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

One Peacemaker’s Story of Bearing Witness at Auschwitz
Karin Lofthus Carrington

The only preparation for this trip was my whole life. All 70 years of it. And before and beyond. From beginingless beginnings.

The inspiration to go to Auschwitz on a bearing witness retreat came from source in two different ways. One was Roshi Bernie Glassman who had been taking groups on this pilgrimage for 18 years. He taught a portion of our core chaplaincy course at Upaya over the summer and along with the film about his work with the homeless in Yonkers and Riverdale, NY, the Greyston Project, his answer to two questions in particular made it clear I would follow him anywhere: One of my classmates in the two -year training asked: “Bernie, what do you do when you don’t know what to do?”

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

One Peacemaker’s Story of Bearing Witness at Auschwitz
Karin Lofthus Carrington

The only preparation for this trip was my whole life. All 70 years of it. And before and beyond. From beginingless beginnings.

The inspiration to go to Auschwitz on a bearing witness retreat came from source in two different ways. One was Roshi Bernie Glassman who had been taking groups on this pilgrimage for 18 years. He taught a portion of our core chaplaincy course at Upaya over the summer and along with the film about his work with the homeless in Yonkers and Riverdale, NY, the Greyston Project, his answer to two questions in particular made it clear I would follow him anywhere: One of my classmates in the two -year training asked: “Bernie, what do you do when you don’t know what to do?”

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

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2014-10-29 23:44:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Being Completely Human: Retreat on Secular Buddhism and Beyond with Stephen Batchelor and 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.

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Being Completely Human: Retreat on Secular Buddhism and Beyond with Stephen Batchelor and 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.

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

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2014-10-29 21:02:32 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join us for the Santa Fe premiere of this film on November 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit Upaya Center, The Drug Policy Alliance and the Center for Contemporary Arts.  

Join us for the Santa Fe premiere of this film on November 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit Upaya Center, The Drug Policy Alliance and the Center for Contemporary Arts.  ___

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2014-10-29 12:30:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Guidepost of Silent Illumination: Hongzhi Zhengjue

Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
When you reflect it you become vast, where you embody it you are spiritually uplifted. Spiritually solitary and shining, inner illumination restores wonder,

Dew in the moonlight, a river of stars, snow-covered pines, clouds enveloping the peaks. In darkness it is most bright, while hidden all the more manifest.

The crane dreams in the wintery mists. The autumn waters flow far in the distance. Endless kalpas are totally empty, all things are completely the same.

When wonder exists in serenity, all achievement is forgotten in illumination.

What is this wonder? Alertly seeing through confusion
Is the way of silent illumination and the origin of subtle radiance.
Vision penetrating into subtle radiance is weaving... more »

Guidepost of Silent Illumination: Hongzhi Zhengjue

Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
When you reflect it you become vast, where you embody it you are spiritually uplifted. Spiritually solitary and shining, inner illumination restores wonder,

Dew in the moonlight, a river of stars, snow-covered pines, clouds enveloping the peaks. In darkness it is most bright, while hidden all the more manifest.

The crane dreams in the wintery mists. The autumn waters flow far in the distance. Endless kalpas are totally empty, all things are completely the same.

When wonder exists in serenity, all achievement is forgotten in illumination.

What is this wonder? Alertly seeing through confusion
Is the way of silent illumination and the origin of subtle radiance.
Vision penetrating into subtle radiance is weaving gold on a jade loom...

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/AO61g1___

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2014-10-28 21:02:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Join us tomorrow Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple for a dharma talk by Shinzan Palma, "Zazen: The Heart of Zen."

Join us tomorrow Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Circle of the Way Temple for a dharma talk by Shinzan Palma, "Zazen: The Heart of Zen."___

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2014-10-28 11:44:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

G.R.A.C.E.: Training in Cultivating Compassion-based Interactions

Roshi Joan has developed a model of compassion that views compassion as an emergent process fostered by non-compassion elements. The model draws on neuroscience, social psychology, ethics, and contemplative perspectives. This scientifically grounded, weekend intensive training operationalizes this model of compassion. It is for clinicians, professional caregivers, therapists, chaplains, social workers, family caregivers, human rights activists, and others. The training focuses on the intervention called G.R.A.C.E. that enables one to foster specific elements allowing compassion and resilience to emerge in the process of interacting with others.

Continue Reading & Details: http://goo.gl/3oPkkU

G.R.A.C.E.: Training in Cultivating Compassion-based Interactions

Roshi Joan has developed a model of compassion that views compassion as an emergent process fostered by non-compassion elements. The model draws on neuroscience, social psychology, ethics, and contemplative perspectives. This scientifically grounded, weekend intensive training operationalizes this model of compassion. It is for clinicians, professional caregivers, therapists, chaplains, social workers, family caregivers, human rights activists, and others. The training focuses on the intervention called G.R.A.C.E. that enables one to foster specific elements allowing compassion and resilience to emerge in the process of interacting with others.

Continue Reading & Details: http://goo.gl/3oPkkU___

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2014-10-27 12:37:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cultivating Wisdom

Sean Murphy leads two lucid guided meditations on “stepping through the door,” into focused stillness on the one hand (concentration) and into unbounded, egoless expanse on the other (insight). He offers tips for noticing this quiet expanse in any state of mind. It’s perhaps analogous to shifting the gaze onto negative space, or noticing the pervasive silence that gives separate sounds their very shape: “since I’m aware of this upset/anxiety/anger, that means a much larger field is also here.” Sean then asks probing questions about the several felt qualities of this background — qualities pretty much opposite to the seeming qualities of what’s in the foreground — so that a clear picture of the thing will let us step through the door again that much more readily.

Listen: http://goo.gl/I3wJWq

Cultivating Wisdom

Sean Murphy leads two lucid guided meditations on “stepping through the door,” into focused stillness on the one hand (concentration) and into unbounded, egoless expanse on the other (insight). He offers tips for noticing this quiet expanse in any state of mind. It’s perhaps analogous to shifting the gaze onto negative space, or noticing the pervasive silence that gives separate sounds their very shape: “since I’m aware of this upset/anxiety/anger, that means a much larger field is also here.” Sean then asks probing questions about the several felt qualities of this background — qualities pretty much opposite to the seeming qualities of what’s in the foreground — so that a clear picture of the thing will let us step through the door again that much more readily.

Listen: http://goo.gl/I3wJWq___

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2014-10-26 15:26:51 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”

~Huang Po

“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”

~Huang Po___

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2014-10-26 14:55:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

An incredible program upcoming at Upaya: Winter Zen Circle at Upaya Zen Center with Joshin Brian Byrnes, Roshi Joan Halifax, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg Fan Page: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374

An incredible program upcoming at Upaya: Winter Zen Circle at Upaya Zen Center with Joshin Brian Byrnes, Roshi Joan Halifax, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg Fan Page: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1374___

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2014-10-26 14:48:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

for the GRACE training with Roshi Joan Halifax and Drs. Tony Back and Cynda Rushton at Upaya Zen Center, please register early: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1301

for the GRACE training with Roshi Joan Halifax and Drs. Tony Back and Cynda Rushton at Upaya Zen Center, please register early: http://www.upaya.org/programs/event.php?id=1301___

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2014-10-25 12:49:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There's No Place I'd Rather Be
by Angela Caruso-Yahne

It can be difficult to explain why I am happy to be deployed to a combat zone. It is a situation that is not appealing to most people. The motivations of individuals to embrace this kind of atmosphere greatly vary, and I admittedly am not entirely clear about my own. In an attempt to understand it for myself and to express it to others, I can say this: First, in the combat zone there is no denying the human predicament of mortality that many Westerners have the luxury of ignoring until moments of catastrophe. So, conducting the day-to-day routine for months on end while the veil between life and death is thin heightens consciousness.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/l48NdH

There's No Place I'd Rather Be
by Angela Caruso-Yahne

It can be difficult to explain why I am happy to be deployed to a combat zone. It is a situation that is not appealing to most people. The motivations of individuals to embrace this kind of atmosphere greatly vary, and I admittedly am not entirely clear about my own. In an attempt to understand it for myself and to express it to others, I can say this: First, in the combat zone there is no denying the human predicament of mortality that many Westerners have the luxury of ignoring until moments of catastrophe. So, conducting the day-to-day routine for months on end while the veil between life and death is thin heightens consciousness.

Continue Reading: http://goo.gl/l48NdH___

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