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Sep

The Beginning is The Destination

“The beginning is the destination.  Any distance between now and then, here and there, is an illusion.  Aware and fully engaged here and now, without pretense, without reason, is what we call Enlightenment.”

– Seijaku Roshi

What does it really mean to be fully present, here and now; to be present to our life which is always and only happening now?  We do not exist in the past and even when we arrive at tomorrow it’s now. 

Webster’s dictionary defines “Being” as “The quality or state of having existence:  the most important or basic part of a person’s mind or self.”  If we are ever going to experience the fullness of life, of being truly and fully alive we need to “be” where life is happening – Life is Always Happening Now.

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6
Sep

My True Religion

I am often mistaken for being a Buddhist, just as in my younger days a Catholic.  It’s understandable why people would make that mistake, today I am a “Zen Monk” and have been for some time, and before that I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, baptized, confirmed, and attended Mass regularly (actually more regularly than most).  However my true religion has always been and continues to be “Love and Community”.  What I teach is “Love” what I strive to create here at Pine Wind and everywhere in my life is “Community”. 

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