A2Z in Regensburg


The hairless and and the handsomely haired, in concert together.

A2Z was some casual concept in an Iranian restaurant in Varese, Italy one night after practice. There was Kristina, and Alessandro, from Varese, and Giacomo, and a few others. A spontaneous meal. And I talked about the work I am doing with them all is A2Z: Ashtanga to Zen (or the other way around). Helping the Sangha break on through to the other side, through simple chanting (OM mani padme hum) and sitting Zen. The Big Question: Great Doubt. Don’t know, right here, right now. No interviews or Chinese word-games. Straight attainment. Strong chanting the Great Dharanis. Local Heart Sutras becoming powerful chanting exercises that use attention to breath combined with hearing and rhythm to clear the mind, the way Dae Soen Sa Nim taught us.

After some four years of waiting for an opportunity to express it for our Bavarian hosts, here is our first statement of the A2Z training in Germany outside the Zen Center’s walls and temple structure. Let’s see how it goes.

Here they go with that “Zen Master” stuff again. Got to get the Poster Police active on this.



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.