A message from Abbot Taiso Roshi Dear Hollow Bones Zen Practitioners and Supporters, This is the time we reach out…
by Yoshin Dave Klaus Friday, April 14 was Jun Po’s birthday, and it was a fine day to do Mondo!…
How do things look for HBZ as we head into 2023?
New Year’s resolutions have been around awhile. According to the History Channel, perhaps as far back as the Babylonians, 4000…
We all come together to make this possible: your presence in this practice is your most important contribution. In resonance with this Sangha, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of practicing together in Hollow Bones Zen.
Money has the potential to be an extremely fraught topic for all sorts of reasons. Many of us carry shame or aversion or attachment or fear around it, for all sorts of reasons both practical and emotional. All of which, while excellent grist for the zen-practice mill, can make it difficult to have productive conversations about our organization’s finances and future.
Genuine gratitude isn’t something we can do, practice, or cultivate. Gratitude is not something we can be told to have, or required to feel, by others. It is not “finding the silver lining” as a way to turn away from the pain in our lives and the difficulties we must face. It is not the same as compassionate understanding or forgiveness and serves a different purpose in guiding our lives. Gratitude naturally and spontaneously flows through us when we open and soften to the truth that everything is changing, and that change is the gift of life.
Out of curiosity, I decided to see what was up on Instagram. (If it’s not painfully obvious, I don’t do much social media…) #Zen had 16.5 M posts. #ZenLife has 269k. #ZenAF has 91k. My overall takeaway is that what I think of as living zen just isn’t on the radar of mainstream social consciousness.
Sangha member Shiun Valerie Foote writes about her experience at Dai Bosatsu.
The level of activity and service that has defined Hollow Bones since COVID hit in 2020 will not be possible without a significant change in how we work together. Creating an online community, and supporting it through various free programs, timely communications, and staff-intensive events and online retreats, while also running more than 6 large-scale in-person events per year requires significant resources. We have remained committed to keeping our fees reasonable and offering extensive financial support to all who ask for it. We invite you to make a pledge to support our community in 2023