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Bittersweet Life Lessons

The Road trip to my old homestead in northeastern Pennsylvania was a lifetime in the making. Touching into the deep recesses of my repository consciousness, the storehouse of all memories.  Bittersweet memories intermixing with the present moment like clouds breaking up rays of sunshine. Real and unreal, laughing and crying at the same time. Emotions dragged out of the deep caverns of the forgotten. One flowing into the other. My mother’s ashes placed next to my daughter Karen’s and my […]

OZS-Zendo

Important News – Our Zendo Is Open

Ordinary Zen Sangha has reopened. Based on recent studies, according to the C.D.C., it will be safe for those of us who have been fully vaccinated. I am inviting Sangha members to join me for all of our activities in person at our Zendo, the Wednesday Evening Practice Session, Sunday Morning Practice Session, and our upcoming Retreat. Newcomers are always welcome. Zoom sessions and podcasts of the Dharma Talks will continue. Please check the calendar for updates or cancellations before […]

radically observing nature in your backyard

Observing nature in your backyard is not dull but radically significant — Aeon.co, a world of ideas https://psyche.co/ideas/observing-nature-in-your-backyard-is-not-dull-but-radically-significant “Addressing the profound challenge of global environmental change is complex and multifaceted. But one certainty is the need for a change of world view, the fostering of humility towards the natural world and its shared community of beings. Such humility and appreciation are made possible by acute observation, empathy and delight in the mysteries and quirks of other species,” Yadvinder Malhiis professor […]

Advice for the Zoom Retreat

Pause and Reflect A Zen Retreat/Workshop – January 30, 2021 7:00 am to 7:30 am – Our day starts with Meditation Practice on Siesta Key Beach (weather permitting). Directions: We will meet Northeast of the last lifeguard tower furthest north of the pavilion. Park in the North Lot. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – The Retreat/workshop will be on Zoom. We begin our retreat with an opening ceremony, chanting the Heart Sutra, and a 30-minute meditation, followed by an introductory talk by Abbot Will […]

Mind, clear like space

Join Abbot Will Rauschenberger of Ordinary Zen Sangha for  Zen Meditation Practice on Siesta Key Beach Saturday mornings (weather permitting).  Meditating in nature is ideal and we will have the beach mostly to ourselves this early in the morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to meditate together in a safe and beautiful environment (we will practice social distancing, by keeping 8 feet apart). No experience is necessary and all are welcome.  Please bring your own cushion or mat and arrive […]

Koans for Troubled Times-Joan Sutherland

This week, I am sharing an article from Lion’s Roar in which Joan Sutherland shares the history of koans from a difficult period of time in Chinese history. She helps us to gain a historical perspective on our Zen tradition and our situation today. “What does it mean for each of us to be wholeheartedly part of this world? How do we fall willingly into the frightened, blasted, beautiful, tender world, just as it is?” Koans for Troubled Times  

The Very Ground Shaking Under Our Feet

We are faced with unbelievable instability and suffering as the upheaval of the unstable societal ground we thought we could stand on shifts, creating fissures, and shakes us to the core. We attempt to keep some sense of normalcy, seeking ways to cope, or just pretend that we are okay and build walls of stoicism.  The pandemic forces us to social distance and its effect can be feeling alienated and alone, limited in our ability to communicate intimately. What can […]

Ordinary Zen Sangha is mentioned in Talk KOREA Article

We are mentioned in an article about Won Kwang Sa Zen Temple (Korean: 원광사, English: Original Light Zen Temple) a Korean traditional Zen temple and monastery located near Fárikút in a valley near Esztergom, Hungary. The only architecturally traditional Korean temple in Europe/ 10 years anniversary of the Zen Hall https://www.korea.net/TalkTalkKorea/English/community/community/CMN0000004722