The Attainment of Happiness

       Happiness may seem like a simple concept at first. Some people might even say they feel it every day. However, when it comes to defining it, many people may offer different ideas.  In the West, we are told that moral integrity and an accumulation of wealth is the key to happiness. In the East,Continue reading “The Attainment of Happiness”

“Not knowing how near the Truth is…”

From time to time the Green Bay Zen center selects readings from our Sutra book to recite as a group. The two main readings a person may encounter is “On Zen” by Daio Kokushi, or “Song of Zazen” by Master Hakuin. My focus of this post will be latter of the two “Song of Zazen”,Continue reading ““Not knowing how near the Truth is…””

Message from Roshi Vimala

Blessings my Dharma Sisters and Brothers- I hope this message finds you well as it serves two purposes. Green Bay Zen Center’s Spring Weekend Retreat has been cancelled due to the virus quarantine in conjunction with our hosting center; St. Norbert Abbey. Individuals who sent a check or payment via PayPal should have been contacted andContinue reading “Message from Roshi Vimala”

Meditation Just Once…

Roshi Vimala Muni, John Nemick in his Dharma talk yesterday evening, pointed to an excerpt from the The Song of Zazen by Hakuin Zenji contained in the Hollow Bones Sutra book after service: “Even those who have practiced meditation for just one sitting, will see all their twisted karma erased.” Vimala then asked practitioners whatContinue reading “Meditation Just Once…”

Through the Eyes of On Ji (VII)

An Attitude of Gratitude.  You’ve all heard it. Now let’s explore that statement. If you’ve read a few of my blogs you may have noticed some type of pattern emerging. Well, I have noticed anyway. Practice this… practice that. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude takes practice. It is something we must develop.  I would sayContinue reading “Through the Eyes of On Ji (VII)”

Through the Eyes of On Ji (VI)

It was hot. It was so bloody hot. I could feel heat rising from all directions. After a short time, I was drenched in sweat. I heard the crackling of fire. Even my mind was on fire. Yet, I shivered. I was so cold. My body was shaking uncontrollably from the fear. Make it stop!!!Continue reading “Through the Eyes of On Ji (VI)”

Is Western Buddhism Dying?

In an entry on sameoldzen.blogspot.com, Sensei Alex Kakuyo addresses the question, or more accuratly, makes the statement: “Western Buddhism is dying”. Kakuyo describes himself as, “an ‘elder millennial’. In other words, I’m old enough to remember a childhood without the internet and smartphones, but I’m young enough to know the difference between Tik Tok and Twitter.Continue reading “Is Western Buddhism Dying?”

“One Energy” ~Ram Dass

“The intellect is a beautiful servant but a terrible master. Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity. Watch how your mind judges. Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people.Continue reading ““One Energy” ~Ram Dass”

Through The Eyes of On Ji (V)

So now you know that Zen just seemed like not enough to me at the start of my journey. I could not understand how something as simple as focusing on the breath would be helpful. The simple task of focusing on the breath doesn’t seem so simple when we are bombarded by all of ourContinue reading “Through The Eyes of On Ji (V)”