Zen and Aging

Some years ago, when Ram Dass was 80, he said, “When I was 65, I wrote a book about aging. What did I know?” I wrote this talk in 2014, as I was turning 70. What did I know? One thing I know now is that aging is unpredictable and always changing. That shouldn’t be...

Becoming Compassion

Recently, we concluded our first residential retreat, “The Bodhisattva Way”, led by my teacher, Baika Andrea Heaton, with our Affiliated Mountain Sanghas, Mt Diablo Zen Group of Pleasant Hill, California, and Facing the Mountain Zen Group of Reno, Nevada. This is a...

Statement of Ethics

The Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) requires that all members adopt a statement of ethics.  Here I am attaching the Statement of Ethics that I have signed on behalf of Bodhi Oak Zen Sangha, detailing the basis of my personal ethical vows, specifically as...

Naming the Temple

Naming the Temple The name “Bodhi Oak” arose long before we had a center, I don’t remember when, or why. The sense of it was that even in this little place, Oakhurst, California, where we lead quiet, ordinary lives, awakening can happen. “Hurst” is of Saxon...

Fall Zen Retreat

Fall Zen Retreat “The Bodhisattva Way” Our Fall Zen Retreat will take place from Friday, November 3, to Sunday, November 5, 2017, at ECCO (Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst) www.eccoyosemite.org. ECCO is located15 miles from Yosemite National Park, in a...