Friday, April 14, 2017

Zen Heart, Christian Heart - Sunday, April 30

There are Zen Christians, Zen atheists, Zen mothers, Zen governors, Zen prisoners, Zen Jews, Zen Muslims. How can this be?

Zen is not Buddhism, is not a religion, it is a practice available to anyone who wishes to live more fully in the here-and-now. Zen, simply put, is surrender to the simplicity of life.

Can Episcopalians be Zen practitioners? If so, why would they want to be? Join members of the Zen Fellowship and St. Paul's as they discuss the relation between Zen and Christianity and how a Christian might cultivate a Zen practice as natural and vital as prayer.

Sunday, April 30
The Forum at St. Paul's

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nothing Holy about It

Gary Enns' book review of Nothing Holy about It (Shambhala Publications) by Tim Burkett, guiding teacher of the Minnesota Zen Center, is now published in Levan Humanities Review, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2017.

Here is a review excerpt:

In one instance, Burkett relates a dream he had about Suzuki [his teacher and founder of the San Franciso Zen Center] rolling, acrobat-like, into the dojo, passing two gigantic and surreal “Zen guys” sitting “like great mountains and taking up the whole zendo” (220). Suzuki, a tiny man brimming with joy and full of ease, tumbles around these stoic figures, smiling, beckoning Tim to join him, to experience the true happiness of life.

This dream, like all stories in the book, contains a potent message: living Zen means living authentically, joyously, being exactly who you are rather than striving to be something you are not.

For the rest of the piece, visit "Wholeheartedly Present:  A Review of Tim Burkett's Nothing Holy about It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are."