In Ordinary Mind Zen, we don't need to be a home-leaver (monk) to practice. All sangha members are commoners - we hold the Dharma in common with each other. As lay people our practice is to return, again and again, to our original true home without clinging to anything or pushing anything away.
We are committed to developing a non-hierarchical sangha. We recognize the importance of teachers, but any member willing to undergo the necessary training is eligible to fulfill all practice positions. We offer the Buddhist precepts to anyone who is willing to commit to a year-long study and practice program.
When you let go of self-centered views and stop worrying about your rights and your wrongs, your set views of good and bad, everything and everyone becomes a teacher re-minding you of your true self. Then you can respond to all with a clear heart and a gentle smile.
The Awakened Way is universal but the medium and methods vary. We need a form to provide a container for practice. Here at Ordinary Mind, we rely on the traditions of Zen Buddhism as brought to this country by Shunryu Suzuki and developed by Charlotte Joko Beck, also drawing on Mindfulness and Taoism.
We are open to teachings from other wisdom traditions and welcome beginners and experienced practitioners and people of all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
- worlds innumerable as the sands of the Ganges.
All sentient beings, ordinary and sages
- equally my family.
A single moment:
- undivided, beyond birth and death.
A subtle movement of the six senses
- sheltering clouds.
Attempting to cut myself free of defiling passions
- this just adds to my heap of spiritual illness.
- also wrong.
Submitting myself to worldly conditions
- no hindrances here.
Nirvana and birth-and-death
- are simply flowers in unbounded space.