Over the past few years, we've learned about the heartbreaking and dharma-destroying persecutions of Muslims by a small group of Buddhist monks in Myanmar.
Fortunately, Myanmar also has monastics who exemplify the Buddha's teachings in actions and speech. This video profiles one of these monks, Venerable Tayzar Dipati, a man who cares for young HIV patients and who also mediates intercultural harmony.
And the man's face . . . Oh, it's the gift of dharma practice!
Recently Ox Herding hit the six-year mark but, given the inconstant evolution of the site, I'm not throwing a party or anything. Ox Herding has changed quite a bit over the years, mirroring in some ways the changes in my own life. That's normal, right?
One thing hasn't changed, though - the interest, encouragement, and support of readers from around the world. Please accept my sincere appreciation. You keep Ox Herding alive!
On past anniversaries, I reposted articles from the preceding year that captured the spirit of the blog. But the site's been pretty quiet for the last twelve months so I've dipped into archives from previous years and rediscovered a few old favorites. I hope you'll enjoy them.
For the last thirty years of his life, Zen Master Seung Sahn traveled around the world to introduce people to Zen. His efforts arose from his vow to help all beings and from his vision of “the whole world is a single flower” (this phrase originated with his grand-teacher, Zen Master Man Gong).
Brno Zen Center, Czech Republic
Now, ten years after Zen Master Seung Sahn’s death, his teaching organization, the Kwan Um School of Zen, has over 100 centers in more than 30 countries on every continent.
Krakow Zen Center, Poland
The School is unique in the Zen world, not only for its size, but also for the consistency of practice in each of these centers. This means that students can travel freely and practice with similar forms and familiar communities.
St. Petersburg Zen Center, Russia
I recently returned from a nine-week teaching tour in Europe, during which I visited nine Zen centers in six countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain). Every center was filled with sincere practitioners, and I was honored to train with them.
Palma Zen Center, Spain
Zen Master Seung Sahn’s vision is alive and flourishing around the world, thanks to the efforts of the many dedicated students who continue to practice regularly at their Zen centers, participate in retreats, and support others in the great work of life and death.
I feel so fortunate to be part of this worldwide community! Kwan Seum Bosal!