Notes from Our October Online Intensive Beginning Today

Here are some notes from the first meeting of the October Online Intensive I shared to begin to frame what I hope to happen in the group. -Let’s take this opportunity of the month to saturate ourselves in practice.  Let’s take the time to explore what it is that is walking around, moving, etc.  It’s…

Awareness Tidbits: Removing Ideas of Good or Bad

In Japan in the monastery I used to go out into the kyudo area behind the Hondo on the free days before the 6pm mandatory dinner. I wanted to take some time to address what was happening inside of me in an unstructured way. Try to allow it to sort out if I gave it…

Little Tidbits from Class: Non-Directed Explorations

Just now in class, at the end with the non-directed standing, I try to let go of my intentions. I try to let go of that “fix-it” head. I try to feel the actual present reality. What is happening?? And my head moves forward on my neck, bobbling over the edge. A little voice says,…

Internal Alchemy: When It is Too Much

A couple of people in my classes have asked what to do when, while doing the Qigong or Zhan Zhuang, the energetic internal process is too much? This is a really good question, and for some people it will make complete sense, while others will have no clue what we are talking about, as we…

Zen Embodiment Bare Bones Conversations: Episode 2 Laura Cleveland

In this episode with Zen practitioner Laura Cleveland, we hear her story, what brought her to Zen, and about her time at Tassajara. In the second half we discuss topics such as: Why would a young person go to a monastery, feeling energy in zazen, accessing the tanden, as well as what drew her to…

Zen Embodiment Podcast Episode 1 Genryo Bradley Jones

I have begun doing these simple conversations with fascinating people about Movement, Meditation, and Internal Process. Here is the Zen Embodiment Podcast Episode 1 with my very good friend Genryo Bradley Jones. Genryo Bradley Jones went from a punk rock skateboarder to a Rinzai Zen Monk. Now he is a husband and a father. We…

Wuji: Beyond Good and Bad

  This post is about something I was trying to talk about in class the other day. When we meet a realized teacher, we see that they are living beyond good and bad.  We observe that part of their liberation from suffering is that they are not constantly a slave to the mind’s grasping after…

Internal Process Incomplete Recommended Reading List

I’ve been teaching these Internal Process classes for the last few months.  I put together a very incomplete reading list for the people joining the class and in the group on Facebook.  These books have been helpful to me in my internal process work.  I’ll add to it over time.  Please suggest books in the…