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enso by daishin stephenson with the words zen for real life at the centre

Mondays: zazen with daishin, 6-6:30pm

Thursdays: zazen with Dogo, 6-6:30pm

Sundays: sangha service, 6-7pm

(Scottish time)

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by Dogo

The old teachings tell of monks going to charnel grounds to meditate and face their fears. Good practice, but maybe needlessly theatrical, as our fears are always close by enough for us to smell them. A person would have to be very deep in denial (or perhaps very young) for a journey in search of their fears to be necessary.

We’re always in the charnel ground, but usually pretending we’re not. If we sat long enough in a literal charnel ground, we’d get used to it and become less aware of it, less aware of reality.

#zen #buddhism #FacingOurFears #impermanence #DogoBarryGraham

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by Dogo

I like the Thursday online zazen, even when it’s just a couple of us sitting together in different countries, because of the absence of my voice. On Sundays, I give a Dharma talk, and there’s a discussion, but on Thursdays I don’t have to talk, or listen to myself. It reminds me of the essence of sangha: people meditating in shared, contextual, dynamic silence.

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drawing by oh pandah in his big heids style showing a zen monk in a black robe and orange camouflage rakusu and a glaswegian rendering of the buddha's 4 noble truthsArt by Oh Pandah, text by dubh

Dear Sangha,

This year, let’s practice together as though it’s a matter of life and death… because it is.

Nine Bows,

Dogo

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by Dogo

Refuge in the Buddha Refuge in the Dharma Refuge in the Sangha Refuge in the empty spaces Spaces around Spaces between Spaces within Spaces

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by Dogo

Iron fence, trees, with trash scattered among the leaves on the ground

“Medicine and sickness heal each other. The whole world is medicine.” — Blue Cliff Record, Case 87

In this week’s Dharma talk, I mentioned a parable that’s been on my mind lately. I don’t know its origin — I’ve heard different versions, some attributing it to the Zen or Taoist traditions, but I haven’t been able to find its source, and I don’t think it matters. Here’s the version I discussed:

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by Dogo

photo by daishin stephenson of a small altar with a buddha statue on a window shelf, and a seagull sitting on the sill outside, with houses and sky in the background Photo: daishin

Inspired by what daishin has been doing recently, I want to try having an online meditation in addition to the Sunday sangha meeting. No Dharma talk, no chanting, no conversation, just a half hour of zazen together.

The first one will be on Thursday, November 18, 6pm Scottish time. We’ll use Jitsi Meet, an open source and ethical application (no tracking or mining of user's data) that works across multiple platforms, and that doesn’t require you to have an account to use the service — just the app or a web link. Here is the link. Please turn your camera on, as this is about sitting together.

Here’s how we’ll do it: I’ll start the meditation period by ringing the inkin bell three times. We’ll sit together in silence, and I’ll end it by ringing the inkin once. Then we’ll bow with our hands in gassho, and that’s it.

All are welcome. If you have any questions, please email me.

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by Dogo

It is the time of ghosts, the time to acknowledge and celebrate what is always present, never hidden, but usually ignored.

In my dreams, the dead and the living mingle, not separated by time. A cruel man, a man I hated when I was a child, a man dead for many years now, asks me to recommend an iPod. In my dreams, the dead are not dead. In streets and houses, they go about the same business as the living. The Arizona desert is in Glasgow, Scotland.

Conversations are had, work is done, and it is as though old hurts and grudges never happened. In my dreams, the dead are not dead, but their weaknesses and failures are, leaving only people with no one to blame.

The stories we carry are the real and only ghosts. Only stories are born, and only stories die.

#death #MonoNoAware #zen #buddhism #impermanence #DogoBarryGraham

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by Dogo

Essay by me at Buddhistdoor Teahouse

Most Zen monks in the west only wear their robes for ceremonial purposes. But I've found that when I'm on my way to or from the zendo and wearing my robes, strangers in the street will approach me, wanting to talk. It's not usually that they're interested in Buddhism, it's that they're lonely and feel isolated and need someone to talk to, and the robes give them an invitation, or maybe just an excuse, an icebreaker.

#zen #buddhism #compassion #loneliness #alienation #poverty #glasgow #DogoBarryGraham

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