Category Archives: Zen in daily life

Speaking Through Closed Lips: a Zen Guide to Dialogue – Woo-Young Tetsugen Yang

Sensei invited Sarah and I to represent StoneWater Zen Sangha at the Greater Manchester Buddhist Convention where the theme this year was Dialogue. Our session was entitled “Shut up and Speak: The Zen approach to dialogue and how it influences two Zen practitioners”.  As a novice, I would not normally comment on or discuss koans outside […]

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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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Interdependence

The question Sensei posed for the next edition of the newsletter was ‘When your mind changes, the world changes. And when we respond differently to the world, the world responds differently to us.’ – David Loy. We invited reflections on whether people had found this to be the case or not in their life and […]

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IT in Zen – How does the electronic mindfulness work?

Here Woo-Young Tetsugen Yang looks at some of the technology of meditation.  Smartphone apps have become very popular and widely used, especially by Mindfulness practitioners.  But can they also be useful in a more traditional style of Zen practice?  Here is Woo’s experience: Insight Timer (https://insighttimer.com) is a meditation app that I have used every single […]

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‘Mind the Gap? – Zen in Daily Life’ by Jez Yushin Lovekin

I have been reading Genpo Roshi’s latest literary offering “Spitting out the Bones.” Whilst this is not a plug or a review, it is a fascinating and irritating experience. And for this Brit, proof that the cultural divide still remains as strong as ever. There was always something epic about Roshi and although personally, I […]

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