“You know who said it best? Leonard Cohen. He meditated all those years at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, often for twelve hours at a time. In an interview, he said his storyline just wore itself out. He got so bored with his dramatic storyline. And then he made the comment, ‘The less there was of me, the happier I got.'” – Pema Chodron
Lama Yese, the great sage of Kathmandu in the 1970’s, expounded Vajrayana Buddhism to the first wave of Westerners seeking wisdom in the Himalayas. – Tricycle Magazine, 2000
Trinity Zen hits the mats again on Jan. 24. With the beginning of the spring semester, we mark 20 years of Trinity Zen, which began when Garret reached out to Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, then the chaplain of Trinity College. Garret asked if the chapel would be willing to host a Zen group conducted by the New Haven Zen Center. Charleston, whose academic career included an in-depth study of Buddhism, was enthusiastic. Garret and John – both New Haven Zen Center dharma teachers – began with “don’t know” mind and the group evolved with a mix of students and non-students from Hartford and surrounding communities. Over the years, we have hosted talks, retreats, etc. We have never enjoyed more support than we do today from Rev. Allison Read, the college chaplain, and the entire Spiritual Life Team at Trinity.
After Donald Trump’s stunning upset, Lion’s Roar reached out to a number of Buddhist teachers for their responses. Pema Chödrön, Norman Fischer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Ethan Nichtern, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Noah Levine, and more provide commentary and words of comfort.
“Fear is a product of the mind. And danger can be met without fear. Surely soldiers in battle know about this. There is no greater enemy than fear.” – Joel Agee, Tricycle, Summer 2005