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Book Recommendation

I want to strongly recommend a new Zen book. The book is Turning Words: Transformative Encounters with Buddhist Teachers (Shambhala) by Hozan Alan Senauke, currently Abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. This book is brilliant, a masterpiece. It features illuminating...

Bob Dylan’s Visions of Zen Mind

from Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry,  by Taigen Dan Leighton (Wisdom Publications, 2011)    An Off-Beat Conference and a Song Gathering the Mind Sometimes in Zen we sit for a day, or three, five, or seven days, in what is called...

Shakyamuni at the Border

A Meditation on Peace and War Taigen Leighton,  September 2022 Shakyamuni the Awakened One sat down under a tree At the border of his homeland As the invading army approached.  The two warring armies Hostile and fierce Arrived at the riverside And witnessed Buddha...

Responses to the End of Reproductive Rights

The following is from my post to the Soto Zen Buddhist Association teacher’s list. It responds in part to comments by my Dharma sister, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi of the Houston Zen Center.   Excerpts from Gaelyn’s post:   The politics behind the recent...

In Appreciation of Thomas Cleary : a Personal Remembrance

by Taigen Dan Leighton  July, 2021   I am writing to honor Thomas Cleary after his passing away June 20th and his amazing legacy of translations, Buddhist and otherwise. Many of his texts are crucial to Soto Zen practice, and for all modern Buddhist...