Welcome

You have reached the website of Still Breathing Zen Meditation Center. Our Japanese name is Yudo-ji, Temple of the Excellent Way.  And we welcome you home to yourself.  Reb Tenshin Roshi say when we are completely ourselves we are revolutionaries because there has never been anything like you being yourself before. If you have any…

Sangha News

There are three treasures of the Dharma: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. While they are equaling important to the path of seeing how one suffers and being liberated from it. After seven months of studying the precepts, three members have just completed sewing their rakusu (short robe) and will take part in a Jukai Ceremony on…

On Meditation

This is why we practice meditation or more precisely zazen (sitting meditation in Zen tradition) Meditation is the silence that becomes loud in a thunderous beat of our hearts which keeps us awake to the ordinary and the extraordinary of our existence. It is the invitation that comes from our own suffering, the waiting for…

Reclaiming Something Old

Africans were meditating more than 10,000 years ago. The purpose was to see how to live their lives in the same way Buddhist practitioners are called to do. And yet, such meditation was not self-centered. It was meant to discover ways to collectively live. The ones who had deep lucid dreams and could see clearly…

Many Responses to Hatred

There are many ways to take action in response to hatred. And if we consider spiritual paths too passive, then we might fall into the same pitfall of those who hate in which there is no understanding of the sacred. If we judge protest, petitions, and marches as too rageful then we miss the chance…

On Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender

Excerpt from The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel I was hungry when I attended my first Nichiren Buddhist meeting in 1988. I mean that literally. I wanted to go out to eat at a restaurant with two friends of mine, but they insisted that I first attend a Buddhist meeting…