Category Archives: Daily Life

The whole universe invites you …

Saturday was our monthly one-day sitting, required for all residents.  Actually it was a triple whammy Zen day:  a one-day sitting, the middle day of a three-day sesshin (meditation retreat), and the end of the spring practice period.  But I … Continue reading

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Bye bye chiden, goodbye

One of the things that has changed recently is that I am no longer the head chiden. There are many jobs at the Zen Center – house jobs, bathroom jobs, kitchen jobs, dish jobs, staff jobs.  Chidening falls under the … Continue reading

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State of the Gretchen: Week 108 in the Zen Center*

The month of May came and went, and I passed my two-year mark of living in the Zen Center. When I’m sitting down to dinner with someone I haven’t met before and we’re running through the usual inquiry of how … Continue reading

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the textures of amaranth

Richard pointed out this morning that once again, I was cooking amaranth for breakfast. If it weren’t for Richard I’m not sure I would believe that this particular grain has a higher probability of rotation through my Tuesday morning breakfast … Continue reading

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The Simple Past of Be

“The Simple Past of Be” I was riding on the Muni tonight when I glanced over at the book of the passenger next to me and saw this heading on the page. Before any meaning even registered into consciousness, I … Continue reading

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The dharma of fava beans

My girlfriends and I have been getting together for potluck brunch every month or two for over seven years now, taking turns hosting at each other’s homes. I haven’t hosted at the Zen Center because I don’t have a private … Continue reading

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Thinking of Arlene (again)

I was maybe six or seven years old, home by myself or perhaps some of my siblings were around but off in another part of the house, perhaps my mom was working and there was an hour or two when … Continue reading

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