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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…
​Koh-Do: The Way of Incense

​Koh-Do: The Way of Incense

by Valerie Meiju Linet, MRO
Incense burning is an ancient practice, dating back to biblical times in the Middle East (where it is thought to have originated) and as far back as the 8th century in Japan. It is considered to be a sacred offering that holds the potential to both c…
How To Clean Your Incense Bowl

How To Clean Your Incense Bowl

by Kasey Ryoen Jueds, MRO
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 u…