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Brief Love

On our theme of emotions, here is a lovely piece by Stuart Hollyoak.  I think Ken Jones would be delighted that writing and haibun – haiku embedded in a short story – of this high quality can be found in Stonewater. ‘Brief Love * fetching my bag and jacket called from behind her smile I found her […]

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Managing difficult emotions

As the topic for the next newsletter Keizan Sensei has asked us to consider the question: ‘What emotion(s) is the most difficult for you to manage and what strategy do you use?’  Here, Anon responds:  “The emotion that I find the most difficult to manage is inadequacy. I could write about the various little techniques […]

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There are several techniques that we use in our meditation practice, including counting breaths or being with the breath, and koan practice. And a very important practice used in the Soto school is Shikantaza. Here, Keizan Sensei describes Shikantaza and it is is also worth listening to his talk given on 15 November 2017 in […]

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Shikantaza

There are several techniques that we use in our meditation practice, including counting breaths or being with the breath, and koan practice. And a very important practice used in the Soto school is Shikantaza. Here, Keizan Sensei describes Shikantaza and it is is also worth listening to his talk given on 15 November 2017 in […]

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‘Changing My Mind’ by Jo O’Riordan and Keith Parr

Here are two short pieces on the theme of ‘Changing My Mind’, the first by Jo Doshin O’Riordan and the second from Keith Shingo Parr, who is currently on Sesshin at Yokoji Zen Mountain Centre: “I found it hard to decipher exactly what David Loy means. Saying that the world changes when one’s mind changes sounds […]

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