The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

I want you to imagine that your significant other just broke up with you. You are sitting on your couch at home, ruminating about all of the “mistakes” that you made leading up to the break up. Considering that one of the biggest predictors of depression and anxiety is a pattern of self-blame and rumination,…

Smartphone Judo

Sitting vs. Smartphone: Throwing Insight Timer, Etc., to the Mat  Through my many years of practicing Zen, I’ve struggled to establish a daily sitting routine. I would start off strong, but as the very stresses that brought me back to sitting decreased, so did my motivation to sit. Inevitably, the stresses would return, the sitting…

Email: March 27

Podcast from Roshi Here’s a short talk from Roshi, delivered from his dining room table. You can use this link or find it on the home page of the Center’s website (www.rzc.org). New Zen Bow Issue is Online The company that prints Zen Bow for us is shut during the lock-down, so, for now, you…

Email: March 25

Zen Center COVID-19 Update All is still well with the Zen Center staff at Arnold Park and Chapin Mill, with no signs of illness (or stir-craziness) worth mentioning. At Arnold Park we are down to six residents, now that two joined the crew at Chapin Mill (where they are now eight) last weekend. We are…

Email: March 21

COVID-19 Report In response to the tighter restrictions announced by New York Governor Cuomo, the Zen Center staff is dividing itself a bit as follows: Of the three residents broadly categorized as “vulnerable,” Scott Jennings, Jack O’Shaughnessy, and Joe Carino, the latter two will relocate for now to Chapin Mill, where they will initially self-isolate….

Email: March 19

Remote “Dokusan” From Roshi: Since the Center is closed these days except to staff, I will start offering dokusan by phone to others. This will start with just local formal students of mine – that is, local members who have gone through a New Student Ceremony. Depending on the demand, I may extend it to…