Author: Aaron Caruso


Based on the teachings of Buddha and the collected wisdom of countless sentient beings, Zen is a practice of connectedness, a practice of peace.

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The Oak Tree

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the West?” Zhaozhou said, “The oak tree in the courtyard.” This encounter is part of a collection of stories from Wumen Huikai (1183-1260) a Chinese, Chan (Zen) master. The Oak Tree inspired Wumen to write a poem, which directs us to the teaching of this brief story. Words do not convey the fact; language is not an expedient. Attached to words, your life is lost; Blocked by phrases, you are bewildered.   Zhaozhou was a Chan master who lived from 778-897, 119 years! Bodhidharma is the 1st...

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    December 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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