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Zazen as Medicine?

“We can put the drug companies out of business if we learn to tap into our own natural highs through meditation.”  This is what I told the patients at the residential drug and alcohol treatment program that I worked at.  During my priest training at Mount Equity Zendo I offered zazen and yoga for those in recovery once a week for three years between 2010 – 2013. 

I consistently heard feedback from the residents going through opiate withdrawal how much better they felt after engaging in meditative practice, and this made me realize what a service meditation could be – whether in stillness or in movement – for folks dealing with drug addiction.  I don’t see zazen as THE answer, but it’s certainly an important piece.  Read More

Just Cultivate Virtue
Saturday, July 16th, 1:30 - 3:30pm (Central Time Zone) at Pure Land of Iowa
“Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others' faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop seeing others' faults, then naturally seniors are venerated and juniors are revered. Do not imitate others' faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome actions.”

― Dōgen
This week, Jie Shao will be leading the Half Day of Zen this Saturday from 1:30 - 3:30PM CST at the Pure Land of Iowa Center.

Topic: What is the View and Practice of Buddhism?
How all these concepts of Two Truth, Four Noble Truth, 12 Links, Karma (cause and effect), Samsara (Cyclic existence, reincarnation),  meditation, Emptiness, Clarity (luminosity), Buddha nature, Nirvana, Yanas, so and so are interconnected in Buddhism.  

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In this video Daishin shares a poem from Zen Master Keizan Jokin about Shikantaza. He also speaks about the two sides of the brain, and how Shikantaza stimulates right brain thinking.
Weekly Online Schedule

  • 5:30 - 6:00am        Zazen
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm        Zazen with Sutra Study
  • 4:00 - 4:55pm        Integral Yoga Now offered in-person at Quaker Meeting in Ames

  • 5:30 - 6:00am         Zazen

  • 4:00 - 4:55pm        Integral Yoga
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm        Guided Meditation with Sutra Study  Now offered in-person at Quaker Meeting in Ames
  • 5:30 - 6:00am        Zazen

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Dharma talk offered at Nebraska Zen Center on June 19th
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