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Sangha Expressions: YouTube Stories by Franklin Chen

Researched, created and narrated by Franklin Chen, Zen River Sangha member, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   Hiroshima, is a history account on the decision of dropping the atomic bomb to Japan and the aftermath. A lesson that all humanity needs to learn about. […]

Sangha Expressions: Knowing our Call of this Incarnation by Franklin Chen

By Franklin Chen, Zen River Sangha member, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   There are two important days in our lives. The day we are born, and the day we know why we are born. —Mark Twain Back in 2008 when I was in […]

Sangha Expressions: Three Poems by Jian Zhi Peter

By Jian Zhi Peter Tolly, ZRS Board Secretary, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   Rumination A sheer torrent my need for story: I can dredge for days but was dead in the flow from the start   *          *    […]

Sangha Expressions: Consciousness Uniting by Christian Peterson

By Christian Peterson, Zen River Sangha member, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   “The world presents itself to us as ​real.​ It is, by accounts, a very convincing presentation.” How many forms of stimuli are there that present themselves to our consciousness, and how […]

Sangha Expressions: Be Hollow by Scott Wanless

By Scott Wanless, Zen River Sangha member, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   An everyday experience in Zen practice For me, the best advice to quiet the normal chatter during a sit is to breathe and repeat the word “listen.” This advice also has […]

About our Sangha and Place of Practice

By Taiso Hannya Byran Bartwo Roshi, ZRS Head Priest, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   In this article, I want to briefly explore the meaning of Sangha, with a perspective which departs a little from the usual. Ultimately, the place of practice is “no-where” […]

Manju’s Sabbatical

By Myoshin Rene Taylor, Zen River Sangha member, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   After many years of dedicated service, Manju has chosen to take a much deserved sabbatical from his priestly duties. He will continue to be an active member of our sangha. […]

Fall President Greeting

By Liaoran Bo Re Tess Grey, ZRS Priest and Board President, excerpted from the October 2018 ZRS newsletter   Sangha-wide meeting on ZRS financial future Saturday, November 3, 2018, following practice You are invited to bring a dish to share *** Dear sangha family and friends, […]

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 […]