A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
August 3, 2019. Robert Kaku Gunn, a teacher at the Village Zendo and leader of Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle.
How To Be Free From Greed
We waste our lives chasing empty things. Here's a practice to loosen greed's grip and appreciate this moment. A Zen talk I gave July 31, 2019.
Are the Six Senses True Reality, Or Not?
Mindfulness reduces worry, but we can go deeper than that. Buddha said we can see through our greedy delusions and know the truth of our lives.
Reading Ann Gleig's "American Dharma"
My Zen practice is not as traditional as I thought.
Each new year, Americans resolve to work harder and be more austere, for no reason. Let's stop torturing ourselves.
August 2018. Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt in New Rochelle.
The Day That Yunmen Broke His Foot
The old stories all have the same punchline: the monk was suddenly enlightened. What really happens when we have an experience of insight?
Rules for Hyenas
If we treat the Zen precepts as a set of rules to obey, that's just conformity. Let's use them instead as a tool for busting the hierarchy!
What if you knew you had 30 minutes to live? Would you want to be awakened?
Precepts Ceremony at the Village Zendo
Our annual jukai ceremony: four students vowed to uphold the Buddhist teachings.