Month: July 2015

The Buddha encouraged his followers to choose wholesome companionship, and to stay away from unwholesome people. What does this mean? The people with whom we spend our time will always have an influence on us – but we can’t always choose them. How do we navigate family and work environments? How do we bow to… Read more »

This week has seen the arrival our new power pole, which will deliver electricity to our property very soon (we hope!). The Wednesday work project this week brought in Groundwork again to work on completing the ravine path. They’ve even put some rocks artistically on the borders of the path in places, and it looks… Read more »

It is a frequent modern lament that our lives feel packed with competing demands and are complicated to the point of overwhelm. For lay Buddhists, this can seem like far cry from Buddha’s example of living with only a robe and a begging bowl. Zen rituals distill teachings down to their essence and focus the… Read more »

We all endure many things small and large, from summer heat to the death of loved ones. Kshanti, a Sanskrit term sometimes translated as Patience, is one of the six Paramitas, or Perfections in Buddhism. Sometimes patience gets a bad rap for being passive. How can it lead us to perfection? How does it relate… Read more »

About 50 people showed up on a very hot 4th of July for our neighborhood picnic – DRZC members, neighbors, family members and friends. Lots of good grilled food and potluck items, cold drinks, and good conversation made it a big success. Bits and pieces of work continue inside the Sodo. The latest is a… Read more »

We all share a yearning to feel harmony within ourselves, with our relations, and with the situation around us. We find as we try to express this yearning that the sense of congruence and alignment comes and goes. Stepping onto this path of practice we notice and gradually shift behaviors so that that congruence happens… Read more »

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