Author Archives: gretchen

About gretchen

Gretchen lives in San Francisco. She writes about Zen practice and mundane moments on a planet that is increasingly ... hot.

about rohatsu

“I feel like no matter where I am this week, I’m in the way of something,” I whispered across the table. “That’s the way it always is when you’re not in sesshin,” whispered back one of my breakfast companions. Three … Continue reading

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thinking globally

She asked me whether I had brought People Magazine on the trip. (The question was loaded with history, with the good-natured teasing we enjoyed around the fact that I sometimes buy People Magazine when I travel, that for awhile I … Continue reading

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meanwhile, back in the zendo …

Completely unmentioned but silently at operation beneath the surface of these pages, the past couple of months have been characterized by huge dramas, my heart and energies wrapped up in traumatic changes not at Zen Center, but in the organization … Continue reading

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the episode in which I monkey around with clinging and aversion

One more in a series of random snapshots from my October 2011 trip to China and Thailand. Following adventures at the Fourth and Fifth Ancestors’ temples and the Luhua Nunnery in Hubei Province, my tour group took off for Anhui … Continue reading

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The episode in which I meet up with some Chinese monks

One in a series of random snapshots from my October 2011 trip to China and Thailand. I was sent to support business meetings in Beijing and that was my first week in China, including some local sightseeing with colleagues.  My … Continue reading

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Sa wat dee ka!

Greetings from Koh Samui, Thailand!  I’ve spent the last two and a half weeks in China and could have been blogging my way through the countryside (Shundo says I should write more, and I agree) but entering China is like … Continue reading

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I’d rather have a …

Last week, upon a suspicion that things weren’t right on the left side of my mouth and a fear that I would be in agony over an infected tooth on my upcoming trip to China, I made an appointment to … Continue reading

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