Prajna

Practicing together again in silence this weekend with Dimitra. Our A2Z program continues in its 6th or 8th incarnation in Thessaloniki at Prajna Shala, corner of Ionos Dragoumi & Vamvaka 1. She’s the master teacher there and founder, and she is also a Dharma Teacher who has attended a number of multi-week retreats at ZCR. I am very happy and proud to be working with her again. She’s great to practice Ashtanga with. Any who practice with her feel they are truly blessed.

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Vineyard Stupa Monk

A good dharma friend Boep Jeon Sunim has built this stupendous stupa in Grafenwörth, Austria. It’s in an active vineyard and (until recently) protected district in the Danube River valley, so he is connected to us at Zen Center Regensburg through the mighty Danube’s vast flow approaching Vienna. He is connected to Castra Regina, the Roman camp directly underfoot our Zen Center building. That base was built for Legio III Italica during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the reluctant philosopher-emperor, practitioner of Stoic wisdom, non-attachment to phenomena and passions and thinking, his main collection known to us as The Meditations.

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Life of the Monk in the Digital Age

Trying to be a full-time practicing monk, in the city, and making the practice available to people in an urban Zen center — it’s some serious jujitsu. Those figures in white aren’t “people” one contends with, but the administrative demands of carrying out these teachings in the digital age. They’re emails, man!

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Ágios Ioánnis tis Thessaloníkis

He’s in the house now. Ioannis of Thessaloniki took the Five Precepts last March at ZCR with Zen Master Dae Bong. Now, he’s back at ZCR and practicing hard. It’s so great having him on the cushion, looking into don’t-know in silence together. When he’s not here, Ioannis helps on film production back in Greece. A work he recently teamed on, “Back to the Top” (dir. Stratis Chatzielenoudas) is an award-winning true story about Leonidas (a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic) and his friends, who plan to climb to the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going

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