Mountains and Waters Alliance exists to heal the deep cause of the climate emergency in the rift between the dominant human culture and the whole of life on earth. Together with all beings, we protect and restore the living earth.

We create and nourish communities, rooted in meditation and ceremony, that practice farming as activism and defend land, water, and life as healing work; we learn, teach, and invite others to join us.

Mountains & Waters BLOG


Hold the Center

Dear Friends, These are tumultuous times. We may think we have come through the storm. We may think the storm is just beginning as a certain man and his supporters resist the election results. If neither of those happens, there is still this: The Democratic Party is still committed to corporate profits and willing to […]


Initiation – on election day

From Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: As you can dear souls, Hold the center and Be Peace. Whatever outcomes, there will be much work to be done, to either prevent more wreckage, or to dive into the wreck and retrieve the treasures and repair them. That is where Undiminishable Love […]


A meditation for strong negative emotions

Here’s something to do “When I sit zazen, feelings of anger and even rage come up. What can I do?” was the question. I didn’t have an answer, but a response came anyway, from the depths of Buddhist tradition. Because so many of us have this situation, I’m offering it here now. There’s a practice […]


The Gods Will Come – personal notes – And MWA October

“Go ahead, light your candles, burn your incense, ring your bells and call out to the Gods but watch out, because the Gods will come. And they will put you on the anvil and fire up the forge and beat you and beat you until they turn brass into pure gold.” (The quote seems to […]


Asking for Help

A Zen story: The monk asked the master, “How do we practice in difficult times?” The master replied “Welcome.” Suggested direction from an email exchange: “At last, a challenge worthy of our intelligence and abilities.” Noticing: The people thriving in this time are those made alive by throwing themselves into the collective change needed. Whether […]



In this time of turmoil and uncertainty, impermanence is thoroughly present to us. I offer you these words of the Buddha, from the Upaddha Sutta: The Venerable Ananda said to the Blessed One: “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” The Buddha replied: “Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say […]

Important Notices!

Regular Schedule (Online)

  • To access morning online zazen or any classes, you will need to use the password, which is a three-letter word starting with capital Z.
  • Zazen will be online Mondays only.

– Monday Mornings 6:00am CT

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The Gift of Fearlessness: Conversations on the Pandemic
– Sundays 4:30-5:45pm CT

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Zen Study Group
– Wednesday 6:30 – 8pm CT

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Zazen online – Monday mornings

      August 17, 2020 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 7:00 am
    2. Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat

      November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 7 @ 12:00 pm


There are many ways to get involved

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