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Breathing

BREATHING (Modifed from an earlier article) Seeing, breathing and sexual relating: in an informal chat, Roshi once named these as three most difficult activities. That is the order he used, I believe, because it makes particular sense: Breathing is in…

What is Religion?

What is religion and how does it relate to Zen? The question becomes simpler if we consider that traditionally societies did not have a special word for religion per se because religion was not separate from other activities. Indeed, religion…

Religion for Sale

One odd feature of American life nowadays is that most of our social interaction is colored by the commercial metaphor of buying and selling. We have come to expect that most do-good endeavors are attempts to “sell” us something. We…

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