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REVIEW BY Lauren W Deutsch

“To begin with a chawan in the palm of one’s hand and end up imagining a garden, poem or painting reveals the richness inherent in Japanese culture.” — Allen S. Weiss

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The Pilgrim Journey

On February 1, 2014 By

BY GEORGE JISHO ROBERTSON

In 1973 I went looking for a Buddha to come to my, and even maybe our, rescue. I wanted to actually meet the guy, hear his voice…Of course, I didn’t find him. I found me looking for him.

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We Promise to Fix it Back

On December 27, 2013 By

JAPAN
BY MICHAEL STONE

Will this catastrophe in Japan change us and lead to a more innovative, caring and interconnected way of living? Will the outbreaks of altruism and civic enthusiasm propel us to take similar steps? Will we demand ingenious forms of accountability? I decide definitively not to cancel my ticket to Japan. I need to see what I can learn about a Bodhisattva path through the lessons that Fukushima offers.

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Zen & the Art of Rejuvenation

On February 24, 2012 By

ART
BY LUCINDA COWING

Taizo-in launched its groundbreaking ‘Fusuma-e Project’ in the spring of 2011. The Zen temple is commissioning a young, unknown Kyoto-based artist to compose large sumi-e ink paintings on 64 new sliding doors, or fusuma…

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The Epic of Tea

On February 19, 2012 By

TEA
BY DANIEL R. KANE

“Why do you study Tea?” The usual answers perhaps are enough: “It is an aesthetic exercise; a Zen discipline; a unique means of social interaction.” Yet, I have wondered if there might be some other attraction to Tea; something not so apparent…

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Gary Snyder’s Kyoto Journals

…start regular sanzen interviews with Oda Sesso Roshi. Rain at 3 A.M. Teisho at 9. Koan received: Hear the sound of a single hand…

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Basho’s Ghost

On December 3, 2011 By

BY SAM HAMILL

For Basho, the grass blowing in the breeze seems especially poignant, so much so that his eyes well into tears…

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Nature and Culture in Japan

On November 30, 2011 By

VALUES
BY ALLAN G. GRAPARD

Japanese cultural tradition hides a vast storehouse of notions and practices that may be helpful in establishing a culturally-grounded eco-philosophy…

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Fukushima-Roshi: Be a Fool!

On November 16, 2011 By

PROFILE, ZEN
BY PICO IYER

“…understanding Zen through the intellect is a mistake. That is why in the first three years of my own training, Shibayama-roshi kept on telling me for a whole year, “Be an idiot! Be a fool!”

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