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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A New Review of Zen Is Right Now

 from the Buddhist Door

I put this comment in below the article: That's a wonderful review from a wonderful Buddhist Door. One small correction. Shunryu Suzuki founded the first Zen Buddhist Monastery in the West, not the first Zen Center in the US or West. The First Zen Inst. in New York City was founded in the thirties and Nyogen Senzaki had small groups in San Francisco and LA going back to at least the thirties. Tassajara Zen Mt. Center was founded in 1967. It's the first Buddhist monastery that was open to more than a few monks. It was open to lay people and monks, men and women. Many more traditional Buddhists would think of it as a Buddhist community and that's somewhat true during the guest season, but the practice periods are rigorous and I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the discipline. May all beings be happy and awaken.

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