Email: February 7

Dharma Talks: This Sunday and Next John Pulleyn will give a Dharma talk on Sunday, February 10, and Tom Kowal will follow on Sunday, February 17 with Part 2 of his Dharma talk on depression. The first installment, given last April, is on line here. Quarterly Calendar Here’s a link to the quarterly calendar for…

Email: January 30

Last call for Dokusan This Thursday evening, January 31, is your last opportunity to see Roshi before his Mexico trip. The following dokusan will be Monday, February 25. Finding Your Seat: The Return (February 2 – 23) After a 7-week hiatus due to sesshins and other activities, we’re happy to start back up with Finding…

Secular Creeds as Substitutes for Religion

In his article “America’s New Religions,” Andrew Sullivan argues that all of us–conservatives, liberals, and even atheists–have our “religions”: belief systems, ideologies, or tribal affiliations that we “worship” beyond reason because they give meaning to our lives. The deities of secular faith may be scientism, progress, self-improvement, social justice ideology, or reason itself. Other gods…

Nansen Kills the Cat

A vintage koan commentary by the Center’s founder, the late Roshi Philip Kapleau.   Mumonkan number 14: Nansen kills the cat The Case Once the monks of the Western and Eastern Halls were arguing about a cat. Nansen, holding up the cat, said, “You monks! If you can say a word of Zen, I will…

Email: January 23

Arnold Park Snow Report After last weekend’s 15-inch snow storm, parking on Arnold Park has been daunting. Although our staff has been out every day with shovels and our snow blower, our side of the street remained unplowed. Until this afternoon, that is, when, a cavalry of men and machines arrived in response to a plea…

Not-Minestrone Soup

Ingredients 3 TBS olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 4 – 5 cloves crushed garlic 1 tsp salt 1 cup minced celery 1 cup cubed carrot 1 tsp dried oregano ¼ tsp. black pepper 1 tsp dried basil 1 cup chopped green peppers 1 cup cubed zucchini 3 ½ cup water or stock 2 cups…

Hot Rice Cereal

Into a rice cooker put: 1 cup brown rice ¼ cup slivered or chopped almonds 2 cups water ¼ tsp salt Plug in rice cooker and press the switch to begin cooking. Brown rice will take about 45 minutes. The cooker will automatically switch to “Warm” when the rice is finished. When the rice is…