Zen at Synthesis Yoga Center in Athens, Oct. 2019

Concluding a lightning-fast teaching trip to Athens. It is always so very impressive to see the enthusiasm and even passion for Zen practice here in Greece, the European home of “don’t-know” philosophy. We found a home for these practices at Synthesis Center in Chalandri, where a dedicated group of Ashtangis practicing under the direction of Anetta Alexandridi blend strong Ashtanga with clear “don’t-know” Zen in the tradition of Zen Master Seung Sahn. Already scheduled to be back here from Nov. 28 to lead a three-day silent retreat. So moved and inspired by this community, I am already looking forward to

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Identity-Politics and Zen

Zen Master Seung Sahn on the issue of gender equality and identity: One day, the American Zen practitioner, Barbara Rhodes, was speaking with her teacher about the situation with women teachers in the East: “At one point I asked him if there were any women Zen masters in Korea, and he said, ‘Oh no, of course not. Women can’t attain enlightenment.’ He said it with a really straight face and then walked into the kitchen. I followed him in and said, ‘I’ve been with you for two years and you’ve always said just to believe in yourself. How can you

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예수, 부처, 보시

“예수께서 헌금함 맞은쪽에 앉아서, 무리가 어떻게 헌금함에 돈을 넣는가를 보고 계셨다. 많이 넣는 부자가 여럿 있었다. 그런데 가난한 과부 한 사람은 와서, 렙돈 두 닢 곧 한 고드란트를 넣었다. 예수께서 제자들을 곁에 불러 놓고서, 그들에게 말씀하셨다. ‘내가 진정으로 너희에게 말한다. 헌금함에 돈을 넣은 사람들 가운데, 이 가난한 과부가 어느 누구보다도 더 많이 넣었다. 모두 다 넉넉한 데서 얼마씩을 떼어 넣었지만, 이 과부는 가난한 가운데서 가진 것 모두 곧 자기 생활비 전부를 털어 넣었다.’” 마가 12 장 41-44 절에서 혼돈스럽고 아주 심각한 경제적 상황에도 불구하고, 그리스 제자들이 우리의 선센터를 방문 할 때마다 항상 다양한 향기와 맛의 있는 되기 평범한 보시를 불단에 간절히 올립니다.

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