Don't Be A Victim

Doen Sensei discusses three ways to improve your life and practice.  These are not being a victim, being yourself, and being sensitive to others.

Training vs Learning and Being Wild

In these videos Doen Sensei emphasizes that our practice is based in training rather than learning, and discusses the difference between the two.  Training to be able to do something is different than just thinking about something.  Training involves more than intellectual understanding.  It also requires will, persistence, action, and guts.
Sensei also discusses happiness, being in the moment, and being wild.
Part 1 of 2
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6ei2iw6-T8
Part 2 of 2
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tizvDAI56SE

Poem Saturday, Homegrown Edition

Poem Saturday, Homegrown Edition

Tree
This is an exciting week for me, as we are posting our first-ever poem by a Lost Coin member, Liz McCoy.  Her poem was inspired by a talk of Sensei’s at the Wonderland retreat in September, and the accompanying photo was taken by Liz’ husband, Brian Doubek.  Thank you for sharing this with us, Liz!
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I am. I am. I am.
“Within Darkness there is light
But do not look for that light”
I am. I am. I am.
When there is darkness,
We look.  We seek.  We ask.
There is only more darkness.
I am. I am. I am.
There is a dead tree.
I am. I am. I am.
When there is darkness,
I am. I am. I am.
There is light.
I am. I am. I am.
There is a dragon where the dead tree once stood.
I am. I am. I am.
 

Photo by Brian Doubek
Book Signing at Sam Weller's in SLC

Book Signing at Sam Weller's in SLC

book coverI am very pleased to announce that Doen Sensei will be holding another book signing event for Wonderland:  The Zen of Alice right here in Salt Lake City.  His last book signing sold out in 45 minutes–which was wonderful, and left us with more than an hour for a lovely social gathering–but left many people empty-handed.  No books.  No signature.  No dedication.  No chop.
But on November 10, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., Doen will be holding another book signing event at Sam Weller’s Zion Bookstore, one of the West’s premier independent book stores.  Please join us for books, signatures, dedications, chops, and great company!