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Sacred Space: What is an Altar?

Sacred Space: What is an Altar?

by Shea Ikusei Settimi
Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home Is A Form Of ContemplationIn preparation for this post, I photographed a number of personal altars belonging to monastics, residents and lay practitioners of the Monastery. Some of you also sent in photographs of…
The Weaving of a Life

The Weaving of a Life

by Bryan Kenshin Finnegan, MRO
Ching…ching. The bell sounds through the zendo to sound the ending of the period of zazen. The sangha rises, each practitioner in his or her own time. Following periods of zazen, we engage in the practice of kinhin, or walkin…
Taking Your Seat

Taking Your Seat

by Joseph Duemer, MRO
On first coming to the monastery and entering the zendo, people are sometimes surprised by the extent of ritual that surrounds taking your meditation seat. Especially if they’ve been meditating on their own, they may think, what’s the big de…