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Sangha Expressions: Poem by Jian Zhi Peter

By Jian Zhi Peter Tolly, excerpted from the March 2018 ZRS newsletter   Wave-play The way the world warps on the slope of a breaker— the movement of moon through matter unstoppable by the mind’s graph paper: only the bob of faces on the surface […]

Sangha Expressions: Submission from Liaoran Tess

Submitted by Liaoran Tess Grey, excerpted from the March 2018 ZRS newsletter We like our poems in Zen, so I’ll offer a piece by Wang Wei that I read the other day, perfect for this new season:   Dear flat rock facing the stream Where […]

ZRS Rummage Sale April 28, 2018

Are you looking to clear out your attic, basement, or closets of gently used items that others could benefit from? We are looking for your donation of clothes, furniture, books, household items and knick knacks for our first annual rummage sale and fundraiser for the […]

Henna Fun and Thanks!

Henna Fun and Thanks!

By Myoshin Renee Taylor, excerpted from the March 2018 ZRS newsletter Thank you to Annie Quick-Laughlin for offering her home for our Henna Event in December. We had a great time visiting, learning the ancient art of Henna and experimenting with our newfound skills on […]

Celebrating This Sangha

Taiso Hannya Byran Bartow Roshi, ZRS Head Priest, excerpted from the March 2018 ZRS newsletter The three refuges or jewels of Zen Buddhism are Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. In our service we have a slightly more poetic reflection of these. These are differentiated in communication […]

Sangha Expressions: Poem by Ming-Kai Franklin Chen

By Ming-Kai Franklin Chen, excerpted from the December 2017 ZRS newsletter ***Here is the poem I wrote inspired by a story told at a concert/storytelling with a theme of “Homeless Connection.” The story told the chilling fact that many homeless people do not have resources […]

Sangha Expressions: Poem by Jian Zhi Peter

By Jian Zhi Peter Tolly, excerpted from the September 2017 ZRS newsletter   Walk after Storm Drops of rain like a dishcloth raised away from the sink— a dragonfly face down in the driveway. It was the flagpole’s clang that stopped me in the corner […]

Three Chinese Characters or Pictographs Explain the Meaning of Zen

By Ming-Kai Franklin Chen, excerpted from the December 2017 ZRS newsletter At the CMind Conference, one of my instructors, Dr. Steve Murphy-Shigimatsu introduced three Pictographs of Chinese origins explaining the meaning of Zen (or lack of Zen). Dr. Murphy- Shigimatsu was born of a Japanese […]

Precepts

By Taiso Hannya Byron Bartow Roshi, ZRS Head Priest, excerpted from the December 2017 ZRS newsletter There has recently been some discussion of the precepts. The approach taken with the precepts is one of the remarkable Hollow Bones interpretations of the zen tradition. Affirm Life Act […]

Effortless Donations for Zen River (Easy as ABC!)

By Reishin Denise Leong, ZRS Priest, excerpted from the September 2017 ZRS newsletter Smile Amazon – Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Zen River.  Go to smile.amazon.com, log in to your account, and choose Friends of Zen OSHKOSH […]