The Gods Will Come – personal notes – And MWA October

The Gods Will Come – personal notes – And MWA October

Essays Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
“Go ahead, light your candles, burn your incense, ring your bells and call out to the Gods but watch out,...
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Asking for Help

Asking for Help

Essays MWA Newsletter Observing The World
A Zen story: The monk asked the master, “How do we practice in difficult times?” The master replied “Welcome.” Suggested...
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Welcome!

Welcome!

Farm MWA Newsletter
In this time of turmoil and uncertainty, impermanence is thoroughly present to us. I offer you these words of the...
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The Five Remembrances and this time

Essays MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
We live in a time that calls for something larger and deeper than I can actually imagine. So I thought...
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Mountains and Waters – two new events this weekend

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group Zen
Dear Friends, This is a quick note to let you know about some things happening that I haven't mentioned before....
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Zen practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters – summer 2020

Zen practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters – summer 2020

Farm MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group Zen
Opening up to practice on the land, during the time of pandemic: we're making a gentle start. The Land Care...
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Juneteenth: Sobriety, Respect, and Hope

Essays MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group
Today is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the freeing of the last slaves in the U.S. South. The Emancipation Proclamation was...
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MWA newsletter June 1 2020 – The World Offers Itself

MWA newsletter June 1 2020 – The World Offers Itself

Uncategorized
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild...
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Upcoming events, and a short essay

Upcoming events, and a short essay

MWA Newsletter Uncategorized Zen
Dear Friends, The problems with the online groups have been resolved. The links on the website now work for joining...
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MWA: Reading link for The Gift of Fearlessness this Sunday

MWA: Reading link for The Gift of Fearlessness this Sunday

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group Zen
Dear Friends, The Sunday discussion group is settling into a lovely pattern and a comfortable size. New people are still...
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Navajo Nation requests prayers this weekend

Navajo Nation requests prayers this weekend

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group
Dear Friends, The Navajo Nation is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, and has asked for prayers this weekend, Easter weekend....
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Updated event information

Updated event information

Uncategorized
Hello! I've updated the links for events "The Gift of Fearlessness" Sunday afternoons, and "Introduction to Zen" Wednesday evenings. For...
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Starting today online: “The gift of fearlessness” and “Introduction to Zen”

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group Zen
Dear Friends, I'd like to invite you to either or both of two Zoom groups: The Gift of Fearlessness: Conversations...
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MWA newsletter: STOPPING

MWA newsletter: STOPPING

MWA Newsletter
Dear Friends of Mountains and Waters Alliance: There is a pandemic. We do not know what is coming, or how...
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Two hundred twenty-seven water crossings

Two hundred twenty-seven water crossings

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group
So alive. So warmly connected, deeply peaceful. I was a little in love with the group and especially the speakers...
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At the turning of the age

At the turning of the age

Farm MWA Newsletter Observing The World
It may be that 2019 will be remembered as the year climate disaster became real for ordinary people in the...
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As the sun returns

As the sun returns

MWA Newsletter
It’s the dark time of the year, just five days until winter solstice and the beginning of the sun’s return....
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Climate, Collapse, and how we live

Climate, Collapse, and how we live

Uncategorized
An invitation: One World in Dialogue and Zen Peacemakers  invite us to a 24-hour worldwide meditation vigil on December 7...
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MWA October newsletter: reconstitute the world

MWA October newsletter: reconstitute the world

MWA Newsletter
My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot...
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to let go of things

to let go of things

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Uncategorized Zen
“To let go of things does not mean to get rid of them. It means to accept that they go...
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Allow the grief of these times

Allow the grief of these times

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
It is only by consistently re-grounding ourselves to the Earth, silently in order to listen, that we can allow the...
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A special talk and other local events coming soon at Mountains and Waters

A special talk and other local events coming soon at Mountains and Waters

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
This weekend: Sunday morning 8/18 at 10:15 - Beth Goldring, founder of Brahmavihara Cambodia, will give a talk at Northfield...
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MWA July newsletter –

MWA July newsletter –

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
Abundance of Voices One: This is an odd thing: I listened to the Democratic primary debates, in spite of my...
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MWA June newsletter – summer solstice

MWA June newsletter – summer solstice

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
First, on this summer solstice day, a poem from Gary Snyder. "After a Mohawk prayer," he says. Prayer for the...
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Monthly newsletters – and new news

Monthly newsletters – and new news

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Zen
Newsletters will be monthly! From now on, that is. Last week was supposed to be the monthly newsletter, but I...
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May newsletter: What do you love?

May newsletter: What do you love?

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
what do you love? Not as an abstraction or an ideal What do you love enough to take action to...
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April newsletter: God bless the grass

April newsletter: God bless the grass

Farm MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
There’s a thing about dancing: it’s an act of life, it expresses being alive in body as well as in...
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Dancing at the Gates

Dancing at the Gates

Journal Study/Action Group
I spent the weekend at Winyan Awanyankapi,“Protecting the Lifegivers” - a conference about missing and murdered indigenous women. While there...
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Declare Climate Emergency

Journal Study/Action Group
It’s spring. Things are moving and melting. We like this, sometimes. I spent half of Friday outside in the garden,...
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Braiding Sweetgrass

Journal
At the last potluck group, we listened to this talk by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It prompted deep and intimate talking,...
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March newsletter – Mountains and Waters Alliance

Farm MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
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Maple sugaring, work days, new upcoming events.

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
As spring approaches, the wish to share this space with people becomes stronger. So I'm writing about a bunch of...
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Newsletter and a link to “Deep Adaptation” article

Farm MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group Zen
Dear Friends of Mountains and Waters, This is a repeat of last week's blog post, which seems to have disappeared....
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“Why America Failed”

Journal Observing The World Study/Action Group
Last night the potluck group listened to Morris Berman on “Why America Failed.” Halfway through I was wondering why I...
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News and more

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
Dear Friends, Here are just a few notes from the middle of snow country, snow season. I've updated the journal...
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Thawing

Thawing

Farm Journal
We came out of the bitter cold into two days above freezing. Today I walked out onto the land and...
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Play is how we become ourselves

Study/Action Group
To know play, remember. For me, the memory goes back to the house where I lived from ages three to...
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Happenings and thoughts

Happenings and thoughts

Farm Journal MWA Newsletter Zen
Dear Friends of Mountains and Waters, Here are a few announcements and some thoughts. Calendar Announcements: February 1, 7 pm:...
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Letting the Way find us – Part 3

Study/Action Group
There was a Japanese monk, once in the 1800’s, who wanted to visit Tibet, which was completely closed to foreigners....
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Mindfulness

Study/Action Group Zen
So here’s the thing: will you be here for your life, or will you miss it? Do you remember, perhaps,...
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Land and Water Protection – today’s news January 8 2019

Observing The World
As I prepared to post the study group piece on mindfulness, I learned that the Canadian police have invaded the...
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a blessing for the new year

a blessing for the new year

MWA Newsletter
As we enter the new year, as the sun begins to return in the northern hemisphere, as we do not...
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What if our religion was each other?

What if our religion was each other?

Study/Action Group
"what if our religion was each other, if our practice was our life, if prayer, our words. what if the...
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Journal Zen
“To settle the self upon the self, and let the flower of your life-force bloom.” In the old tradition, we...
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The Gods Will Come.

Observing The World Study/Action Group
“Go ahead, light your candles, burn your incense, ring your bells and call out to the Gods but watch out,...
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Notes from Mountains and Waters Alliance, late fall

MWA Newsletter Zen
Greetings! Here are a few announcements and a report from the past year. Announcements: The potluck group has gotten big...
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Challenging new reading – Paul Kingsnorth and Morris Berman

Journal Observing The World
Paul Kingsnorth's essay Dark Ecology begins with a contemplation of the scythe so lovely that I want to run outside...
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Moving into leadership

Journal Study/Action Group
On Saturday, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to his root temple in Vietnam – the place where he entered the Way....
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Voting, Fascism, and Resistance

Voting, Fascism, and Resistance

Journal Observing The World
We live in difficult times. I started to list the events of the week, and gave up - there were...
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Letting the Way find us (part 2)

MWA Newsletter Study/Action Group Zen
Years ago, a teacher at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, said to me “We each have to find our own way.”...
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Letting the Way Find Us – October 19 and 22

Letting the Way Find Us – October 19 and 22

Farm Journal Study/Action Group
From my childhood I remember going on walks in the woods with my father. He would take me and my...
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What’s true?

Study/Action Group Zen
I was asked "So what is true?" These things came up immediately, in this order. I remember who said each...
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Grief, loss, and tornadoes

MWA Newsletter Observing The World Study/Action Group
Loss has my attention today. I was out walking the land with a dear friend that has never been here...
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RETURNING AND EMBRACING

RETURNING AND EMBRACING

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
I spent a month on retreat; here are notes from the first few days. Below is simple stuff including event...
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RETREAT NOTES – PART 1, Black Hills – and PART 2, Colorado, and PART 3, Black Hills again

RETREAT NOTES – PART 1, Black Hills – and PART 2, Colorado, and PART 3, Black Hills again

Journal
Today I’ll write about the first few days, when I drove through South Dakota, Nebraska, and stayed in the Black...
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Recommended reading

Observing The World Study/Action Group
I have posted a number of links to articles or talks here for your reading or listening. What they have...
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Welcome to the new website! Fall 2018

Welcome to the new website! Fall 2018

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
Mountains and Waters Alliance has a new website! Please take a look around – it is now much easier to...
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The Realization

The Realization

Journal
Suddenly I noticed that for most of my life, my attention was on me. On who I was, on being...
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The End of the World as We Know It?

The End of the World as We Know It?

MWA Newsletter Observing The World
WE LIVE IN DIFFICULT TIMES. How shall we meet them? Last week there was an onslaught of events that lead...
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MWA Newsletter June 10: Offering

MWA Newsletter June 10: Offering

MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
OFFERING The essential nature of life is offering. Some people, and some cultures, still know this. Modern Americans, not so...
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MWA newsletter May 31, 2018

MWA newsletter May 31, 2018

MWA Newsletter Zen
We look forward to a summer solstice celebration, Sunday June 17, in the spirit of gratitude for the gifts of...
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ON ZEN, RELIGION, CHANTING, AND WEARING THE ROBES

ON ZEN, RELIGION, CHANTING, AND WEARING THE ROBES

Journal
May 27, 2018 On Zen, religion, chanting, and wearing the robes Six weeks ago I noticed that chanting the Dai...
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May 11, 2018: Zen, practice, and 70

Journal
May 11, 2018: Zen, practice, and 70 Last Monday I returned from 10 days of Zen - first, teaching in...
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Apologizing for not writing

Study/Action Group
Apologizing for not writing I want to be thoughtful, give this page my best. Because I'm overcommitted, this results in...
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What I wrote three weeks ago

Journal
And here finally is what I wrote three weeks ago, 4-20-2018: In a facebook conversation, I found a new expression...
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Nettle Pesto – Recipe

Nettle Pesto – Recipe

Farm
Nettle Pesto - Recipe ½ pound raw stinging nettles or wood nettles (about 5 cups) 2-3 medium garlic cloves (or...
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Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Farm
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The arrogance of youth and health

Journal
April 14, 2018 pm: The arrogance of youth and health I’m preparing to teach a class at the Northfield Buddhist...
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War, murder, and life

Journal
April 14, 2018: War, murder, and life Maribel Barajas Cortes, 25, a Green Party candidate in Mexico, was murdered. Since...
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P.S. Study group entry – What do you love?

Study/Action Group
I just wanted to invite you to look at the new writing. These will be about once a week, and...
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What do you love?

Study/Action Group
What do you love? If you are reading here, you probably are aware of climate change, species extinction, long-term racism,...
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Journal 2018-04-07 – Settler Privilege

Journal
Journal 2018-04-07 http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/decolonize/white-allies-lets-be-honest-about-decolonization This note on what settler privilege means – yes, that includes me – and then some more...
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MWA April newsletter: A thousand true fans

MWA April newsletter: A thousand true fans

MWA Newsletter
Mountains and Waters Alliance newsletter: April 7, 2018 The newsletter will include an essay, upcoming events, and major future events....
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Journal 2018-04-06 – Nobody owns the land

Journal
Journal 2018-04-06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbCar3aGadc&feature=youtu.be John Trudell on European tribes and what happened How to forgive myself and my ancestors for becoming...
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Journal 2018-04-05 – the very source of the universe

Journal
Journal 2018-04-05 This morning, chanting the Dai Hi Shin Dharani, I brought my mind back from wandering to give full...
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Mountains and Waters Alliance newsletter: March 12, 2018

MWA Newsletter
We’ll begin with a few event announcements, then continue with guidance – this time, an introductory essay. Events Retreats in...
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Buddhism and Life

Study/Action Group
Buddhism and Life For me, Buddhist practice is about living as part of the earth, fully sustained and embraced in...
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Mountains and Waters Alliance – commentary and our news

MWA Newsletter
We live in difficult times. Words fail. 2018 has seen seven significant school shootings in 55 days. For the moment,...
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Year-end letter from Mountains and Waters Alliance

MWA Newsletter
Yesterday morning I was moved to offer prayers for calming the wildfires. What took me so long, I don’t know....
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Farm news

Farm news

Farm MWA Newsletter
It’s mid-summer. We started strong, selling extra strawberry plants and a few raspberry starts, planting a garden, putting in some...
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Buddhist women's conference

Buddhist women's conference

Observing The World Zen
Dear Friends, The Sakyadhita Conference was over a month ago. Please forgive my silence. I’ve been sick, during and after...
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Update from Sakyadhita Conference

Observing The World Zen
I’m at the Sakyadhita Conference, just checking in after the first two days. We began the conference with a series...
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Prayers

Zen
Every morning, after meditation and chanting, I offer additional healing energy to one person or topic. Today – the day...
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Mountains and Waters Alliance newsletter: "The mind of war"

Mountains and Waters Alliance newsletter: "The mind of war"

MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
The mind of war I noticed, suddenly, that I am at war with the way things are. Last summer, I...
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Your support asked – by April 30

Zen
Dear Friends, I have the opportunity to present a workshop titled “Asking all beings for help with climate change” at...
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Appropriate Response – and an event

Observing The World Zen
We are in a new world. We don’t yet know what will come out of it. At first I watched...
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A Ceremony for Inauguration Day

A Ceremony for Inauguration Day

Observing The World Zen
I'm sharing a ceremony, written by Zen teacher Ed Brown, meant to be performed before or during the inauguration itself....
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Mountains and Waters Alliance – Winter Solstice greetings and report

Mountains and Waters Alliance – Winter Solstice greetings and report

MWA Newsletter
As the world changes, as despair threatens, the vision of Mountains and Waters Alliance is being deeply tested and clarified....
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Mni Wiconi – Water is Life! (report from Standing Rock)

Mni Wiconi – Water is Life! (report from Standing Rock)

Observing The World
Five days at Standing Rock were like five days in another world. I arrived after the first blizzard, survived the...
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Standing Rock, pipelines, water protectors

Observing The World
Supporting Land and Water Protectors Everywhere I have just added a page with information on the movement to protect water...
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Embracing Reality

Embracing Reality

Observing The World
The deep vow is to free all beings: the first of Zen's four vows. The manifestation, in this particular body,...
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The time that is given us

The time that is given us

Observing The World Zen
The time that is given us: Two nights ago I was lying under the moon, casually talking with Lynn about...
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Strawberry meditation

Strawberry meditation

Observing The World Zen
You have to slow down and be gentle with the plants.
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The mission – and some thoughts

The mission – and some thoughts

MWA Newsletter Zen
Our work is to heal the mind of separation, the cause of our time’s unthinkable violence, and to ally with...
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Thoughts. And a true date for the flower workshop

Observing The World Zen
A few notes, just before going into sesshin: Brahmavihara Cambodia: I'm reading the financial report from my friend Beth Goldring,...
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Nettles and singing flowers

Farm
Last Wednesday I took 6 half-pound batches of nettles to my local food coop, packaged in plastic boxes recycled from...
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Day-long workshop making flower essences – Saturday May 21 – and gentle meditation retreat May 22-25

Farm MWA Newsletter Zen
We're offering a workshop on making flower essences, followed by a four-day gentle meditation retreat, Sunday to Wednesday, as our...
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Just this, from birth to death

MWA Newsletter Zen
Just This Last night I took a walk and scattered seeds in the forest. To walk through the woods is...
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Playing in the Woods and other spring retreats – Living with the Earth full schedule

MWA Newsletter Observing The World Zen
Living With the Earth   spring 2016 events (Our first event, the chanting workshop with Myo-O Habermas-Scher, was a lovely time...
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April events and a few notes

MWA Newsletter
"Living with the Earth” 40-day intensive: Guest Teacher events   Sunday, April 17: Valley Sounds, Mountain Colors: a chanting workshop,...
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Living With the Earth is not a Metaphor

Living With the Earth is not a Metaphor

Observing The World
Winter has blended into early spring, warming and cooling unpredictably. Tapping maple trees started a month early, but the repeated...
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The entire world is the true human body

The entire world is the true human body

Observing The World Zen
“The entire world of the ten directions is nothing but the true human body.” These words by Dogen were the...
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Maple Sugar, Climate Change, Dreams

Farm Observing The World
Sugaring: It's been warm here. The plan for February's work weekend was to clean up the sugaring equipment, and do...
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Earth-based Zen practice – an invitation

Zen
You are invited to come here this spring for earth-based Zen practice - see the poster below and then ask...
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From my heart. Also news and upcoming events.

From my heart. Also news and upcoming events.

MWA Newsletter
It's been hard to write. There's an idea that I must put on my public persona in order to write...
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The light returns

MWA Newsletter
Past the longest night, moving into the full moon and toward the new year, I wonder how to greet you,...
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Winter in my Heart

Farm Zen
Cold weather has finally arrived here; our long perfect summer is over. But there's another shift that I'm feeling more...
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The Earth Spirit of This Place

Farm
The Earth Spirit of This Place: Mornings here include 50 minutes of sitting meditation plus about 10 minutes of chanting...
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Buckthorn, Maple, and Land Care

Buckthorn, Maple, and Land Care

Farm Observing The World
Today's volunteer day was about removing buckthorn, in the sunny pleasant daylight following a heavy rain. A mass of shrubbery...
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Fall colors are bright now…

Zen
Fall colors are bright now, days are sunny, nights clear, and still above freezing. If there is a climate change...
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Thanks and more

MWA Newsletter
The fundraising appeal has brought us to a total of $2016 in donations toward the solar panels. People I don't...
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Can You Help Us Now?

MWA Newsletter
Dear Friends, If you are willing and able to donate any money to Mountains and Waters, I ask you to...
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The most useful thing

Journal
The most useful thing I woke up this morning with the thought: “Is this the most useful thing I can...
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Mountains and Waters – blog updates especially volunteering

MWA Newsletter
Well, first, we have a Facebook page. Second, I added a volunteer page which includes both dates of workdays (Oct...
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Vairochana – Mountains and Waters – September

Farm
Fall is in the air. This year I'm in no rush: Summer has been magnificent and I could personally handle...
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In the middle of the world's changes, Mountains and Waters

Farm MWA Newsletter
The world is changing, we're on the edge of fall now, and after 6 weeks of silence it's hard to...
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Vacation

MWA Newsletter
We're on vacation from the Internet. This is because, after being stung by 20+ bees and taking a baking soda...
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Mid Summer

Farm
First the begging (an old monastic tradition), second the photos and farm stuff, and last some thoughts. I sent out...
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Living with the Earth, Living with the News

Farm Journal
Strawberries started about a week ago, sweet and delicious. Rabbits found them a few days later. Yesterday we started to...
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Vairochana Farm becomes Mountains and Waters

Farm MWA Newsletter
Dear Friends of Vairochana Farm: Things are happening here. I've talked about the plantings and all - but inspiration has...
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Pictures from planting

Farm
April 25-28 was prep for orchard planting April 27 was the day of the big machines On May 5 half...
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Quick update – garden and orchard

Farm
Hi. I'm just catching up before today's workers arrive. The orchard plants didn't come – actually, half of them came....
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Vairochana Farm – Planting, Zen, and Spring

Farm
Dear Friends, It's been a very busy month. Spring is finally here, and we are planting away. Your presence is...
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Slowing down, outside

Farm Observing The World
Dear Friends, Spring is finally here. Outside barefoot today – back to normal tomorrow, but the forecast is pleasant. This...
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Spring, snow, and sap

Farm
This weather – cold nights – means there will be more sugaring, probably a couple weeks or more. The sap...
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Sap, visitors, work

Farm
At last writing I had tapped some trees, walnut and box elder. The maples are really far away and I...
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Spring, maple sugar, change

Farm Journal Observing The World
Today it is warm outside, warm enough to just stand there and breathe and enjoy, and tonight it is still...
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Reflections on process

Farm Journal
It's a little warmer today. Sunny. The days seem very long – light by 6 am and still very light...
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Vairochana Farm Apprentice and Volunteer Schedule spring 2015

Farm
Hi everybody, Here is a rough schedule of farm apprentice events for the spring, with extra opportunities interspersed (like this)....
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POSTINGS: Farm manager, apprentice program, and chicken houses for rent

Farm
Dear Friends, I'm putting this information here so it's all in one place. If you are interested in any of...
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It's just like this today…

Journal
It's just like this today... The water heater is indeed broken, and at 20+ years old it makes no sense...
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Reflections: Moving forward, in context

Journal
It's been a quiet period: information coming in, little going out, gestating. It's included consulting with experts on development, organization,...
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2014 Report, plans, and your help requested

Farm
Dear Friends, Here is a summary of the farm this year, and a request for money to help us continue...
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Rohatsu sesshin and what else happened here

Zen
As I do every year, I joined the annual commemoration of Buddha's enlightenment, Rohatsu sesshin, by sitting seven days of...
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Gratitude and more

Journal
On the verge of entering Rohatsu sesshin – the annual, traditional seven-day retreat remembering Buddha's enlightenment – I have a...
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Moving into Winter

Farm
Greetings! Since my last writing, the birds have flocked. Now it's all about cold and snow. We can see through...
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Halloween

Journal Zen
This photo is of the east field, along the road, that will become an orchard with apples, pears, and chestnuts...
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October – fall is here

Farm Observing The World
It's fall here; the colors are in full swing and you can see through the trees – all the way...
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Permaculture and Summer

Farm Zen
Permaculture and Summer Hi all. I've spent the last 2 weeks learning like mad, mostly permaculture and farming topics, and...
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September 1-2 work opportunity

Farm Observing The World
The bridge looks beautiful, but the area to the right of it is washing out more with every rain. I...
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Hands Up

Farm
Hands Up The rains have come. What was dry has become green, and as an extra blessing the mosquitoes have...
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Summer

Uncategorized
I should mention first that this conversation is going to move from Wordpress to Wheedu. The place you can find...
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The Goats Are Here! and thoughts

Farm Observing The World
Seven goats arrived Thursday morning, to spend a few months eating brush and giving me a chance to figure out...
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Summer at the farm and in life

Farm MWA Newsletter Observing The World
Personal thoughts:I came home after 2 weeks in a Zen priest training, and today is my first day. It's hot,...
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Quick update and 2014 Zen practice opportunities

Farm Zen
In the middle of moving to the farm, I notice that I haven't been updating. I'll add a photo or...
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Vairochana Farm – summer 2014

Farm
I have made an offer on a 17-acre farm and if all goes well we will close in late April....
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Vairochana Farm: Zen, permaculture, activism

Farm Observing The World
I'm looking for people of good will and strong energy to help me build Vairochana Farm, a small permaculture farm...
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