The Alliance reaches out to the public through teaching, writing, and retreats, offering this vision of the human role in the community of life, grounded in the tangible reality of holding and caring for the shared land.

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The farm supports the Alliance and the Zen Community, offering a place for spiritual practice, a home for the work of protection and restoration, and food for residents, volunteers, and sharing.


The practice of awakening is one with the practice of transforming the earth which is our true body. A study and practice group meets at the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center.


Words From My Teacher

Our lives are patterns of the fabric produced by the loom of time and space.

When we see the individual things, each one is impermanent, constantly changing, without any fixed independent entity.

But this work of weaving continues. Our life is a result and a gift from people and things from the past.

What we do now influences later generations, whether positively or negatively.

The loom is weaving the ancient brocade of eternity, while the spring is new, fresh and different each year.

The spring of the entire heaven and earth is manifested within a tiny plum blossom in the cold air.

The tiny blossom actualizes the spring of the entire heaven and earth.

All individual things are working together as a whole without anything being excluded.

There is no observer and observation from outside.

~ Shohaku Okumura Roshi

Shohaku Okamura Roshi

Upcoming Events


Starts: Sun Oct 07 - 9:00 AM

313 1/2 Division Street S

My friend Beth Goldring, founder of the Cambodian AIDS project, will be giving a dharma talk in Northfield Sunday Morning, October 7th, 2018. She says about her topic: “I have been doing some work over the year over the relationships between the Buddhist ethical system, which may often seem restrictively personal, and the problems surrounding […]

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Starts: Sun Oct 14 - 9:00 AM

445 Farrington Street

Dharma talk focusing on offering, the mind of offering, the life of offering. Based on my st

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Starts: Sun Oct 21 - 5:00 PM

16922 Cabot Avenue

After dinner we’ll either watch a short documentary or listen to a Dharma talk. Current mo

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Starts: Fri Oct 26 - 12:00 AM

16922 Cabot Avenue

Land Care Retreat  26-28 October, 2018 SPIRITUAL PRACTICE WITH THE NATURAL WORLD Spiritual

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I spent a month on retreat; here are notes from the first few days. Below is simple stuff including event updates and encouragement to subscribe. You should have already received notice on these events. If you haven’t, please check whether you are subscribed to updates. Go to home and scroll down. You might try checking […]



Today I’ll write about the first few days, when I drove through South Dakota, Nebraska, and stayed in the Black Hills. After that, I went to Colorado for a two-week retreat (Ecodharma Summer Camp) with Impermanent Sangha. I returned to the Black Hills, stopping first at Devils Tower (Bear Lodge), then spending 3 days in […]


Recommended reading

I have posted a number of links to articles or talks here for your reading or listening. What they have in common: They speak unflinchingly to the very serious challenges that we have in this time – whether climate change or collapse. They require attention. They do not compromise with the conventional; indeed, the Jensen-Hedges […]


Welcome to the new website! Fall 2018

Mountains and Waters Alliance has a new website! Please take a look around – it is now much easier to find the pictures, the people, the events – and you can subscribe to everything or just to your particular interests. I’ll be adding more information in the next weeks and months – starting with stories […]


There are many ways to get involved

Learn more about Mountains and Waters Alliance Membership – working to protect and restore the wholeness of life on earth. Its members include human people, rivers, rocks, trees, hills – sentient beings from all parts of the family of life. Check out ways you can Volunteer or.. Consider donating to Mountains and Waters