In the Light

Visit to the Befreiungshalle (Hall of Liberation), above Kelheim, Bavaria. October 29, 2019. (Photo by Daniel Kapelian/OMA Space)

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Samadhi 1

One cannot say enough about the genius and utter virtuosity of this man, the Berlin-based Nils Frahm. Some people send me to links of electro-spiritual music, and it’s possible to get “moment” in this. This Nils Frahm is way different stuff — it is true spiritual trance. This is samadhi (yes, his, to be sure, but you can absorb the liberating glow of his buzzing one-pointed no-mind state well enough to imagine the possibilities, if you haven’t practiced yet). This is dharana (one-pointed concentration). This is meditation through the ears, if a human can ever create it nearly on par

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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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