Trusting In Mind (Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng-Ts’an)

A New Translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming, the classic poem by the Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng-Ts'an The Great Way is not difficult, Just don't pick and choose. If you cut off all likes or dislikes Everything is clear like space. Make the slightest distinction And heaven and earth are set apart. If you wish to see the truth, Don't think for or against. Likes and dislikes Are the mind's disease. Without understanding the deep meaning You cannot still your thoughts. It is clear like space, Nothing missing, nothing extra. If you want something You ...

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Finger Wrestling

One time Un Mun Zen Master was visiting the capital city. Because of his fame as a teacher, a high government offical wanted to meet with him. During the audience the offical asked, “What is the meaning of the Hwa Yen Sutra?” Un Mun said, “Putting that aside for a moment, what is the meaning of ‘sutra’?” “The cover is gold and the inside is white,” was the minister’s reply. “You only understand the form of the sutra; you don’t understand its meaning.” The minister was completely stuck. ...

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Don’t Make Difficult; Don’t Make Easy

Hard training is not difficult Beginner's training is not easy. A hundred day retreat is a pile of shit And a monastery is useless. A single thought? The sound of typewriter keys! Stephen Hard training..... very difficult! Beginner's training....... not difficult Don't make difficult; don't make easy. Not only a hundred days..... whole life bullshit! Attain bullshit; whole universe, wonderful monastery. A single thought? Big mistake Katz!! Clack, clack clack, clack.... the typewriter S.S.

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Article From Korean Magazine

This past Spring, Providence and Cambridge Zen Centers were host to a reporter from a Korean Buddhist and Culture Magazine. You can find the original article here. Cambridge Zen Center: Between Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge Zen Center is a place where many people gather to learn and practice Zen Buddhism. Currently, there are 52 residents living at the Zen center. Built in 1973 by students of the late Zen Master Seung Sahn, CZC has provided a space to people who genuinely wish to practice together.  Located in the center of metropolitan area, many ...

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What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

The chicken of course.  You didn't know that?  Whew!!  :) The Dharma Chicks have begun to lay.  PZC recently purchased 10 hybrid pullets.  Pullets are young hens ready to begin laying.  Our pullets are a cross between Rhode Island Reds and the high-strung White Leggins; both breeds are excellent layers.  We had found one egg yesterday and another this morning.  This has generated a great deal of excitement at the Center.  Each find has been followed by "Whoop!  Whoop! Whoop!"  by delighted Sangha members. What determines the size of ...

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Dharma Talk

Sunday August 21, 2011 - Do Am Sunim also known as Do Kwan Sunim, JDPS will be giving a Dharma talk at 10:00AM in the Main Dharma Room. Do Am Sunim was a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn for over twenty years!

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Zen & Poetry

Primary Point: Why do you, as a Zen Master, bother to compose poems? Zen Master Seung Sahn: For you. [laughter] PP: When you compose your poems, do you actually write using "beautiful language"? ZMSS: No. This moment appears, then compose a poem. Not checking situations, and not making anything. PP: In your teaching, you say that people suffer from word sickness, so word medicine is necessary. Would you describe how you use language in your poetry? ZMSS: Simple! Only whatever situation comes up or appears! Any style of writing is OK. You know, Korean, ...

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Calligraphy Class Photos

This past Sunday we had the Preview Calligraphy Class taught by Kitchen Master, Chong Yew. He has over twenty years experience as a calligrapher and has many examples of his work available for purchase in the Pagoda Gift Shop. The gift shop is open on Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 6:30PM after our Public Vegetarian dinner. All proceeds go to support the Zen Center. A big thank you to Caroline Hardman who attended the class with her son and took these wonderful photos of the event.

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Bodhidharma Scroll

Our Guest Master and Providence Zen Center resident, Kimball Amram, asked me to post this beautiful scroll he has hanging in the staircase leading to the Kitchen. It is a copy of Bodhidharma from the Chosen Dynasty (1392 -1910) and measures 17.5" x 55". The actual artwork itself measures 15.5" x 27". If you are interested in purchasing this beautiful scroll for your home or Zen Center please email kimballamram@yahoo.com. All proceeds go to support Providence Zen Center.

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Zen and the Art of Living

July 16 - 29. Register for one day or for the entire program.  To register for your retreat online – fill out the retreat registration form. Non-Members - $65/day - $820/whole retreat Members - $45/day - $560/whole retreat Dharma Teachers - $35/day - $440/whole retreat You can download and print the Zen and the Art of Living PDF here. Special Guest Colin Beavan will be leading workshops July 23rd -24th! He is the author featured in the film “No Impact Man” and a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. â€...

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