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How To Clean Your Incense Bowl

Tools:• Tweezers• Flattened spoon• Sieve• Bowl for holding sieve• Extra incense ashRemove your incense bowl from your altar and place it on a well-lit surface. Begin cleaning the bowl by using tweezers to remove the fragments of unburnt incense sticks from the ash. Take the tweezers and sift through the ash until you find a piece of incense. Lift [...]

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Our Zafu Meditation Cushion Donation Program

Zazen is… the dharma gate of ease and joy.It is undefiled practice-enlightenment. —Zen Master DogenDharma Communications offers free meditation cushions to students, former inmates, military servicemen and women, and other practitioners with limited means. Although we provide a variety of products and services to support our customers’ home practice, it [...]

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Mahapajapati Statue Comes to The Monastery Store

There's a new a statue in The Monastery Store that merits a short telling of its history and how it came to be in the zendo at both the Monastery and the Temple. It’s a handcarved statue of Mahapajapati, the Buddha’s aunt and foster mother, as well as the first Buddhist nun.When Queen Mahamaya died [...]

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