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A Holiday Story from Inside

  XYZ  Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in  Florida, was no place to spend Christmas, but some of us have, and sometimes even we could see a Christmas miracle. At the time, I lived in one of the eight “butterfly dorms” on the compound, a dorm with four separate pods extending from a long central […]

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Meet Your Good Today…Part 6 Freedom What does it mean to be free?  There will be different connotations if you live in the middle of a war zone in the Middle East, or in a job that you feel chained to that is joyless and boring, or if you are incarcerated in a prison “behind […]

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Being One With Buddha

Dharma Pets created by Jozan Prison Ministry member

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Pulling Out The Roots of Suffering: Dharma Talk by Shinzen Palma

Pulling Out The Roots of Suffering: The Three Enemies of a Buddha- by Shinzan Palma Sensei: Dharma talk given at SPZG in June 2016 Download mp3 Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He has been practicing Zen since 1996. In Mexico City, he met Korean Zen Teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim. Shinzan trained in the […]

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A Poem by Horaku

Question and Answer I ask the Silent Self About myself The Answer Echoes back…. Everyone Else is Manifesting Everyone else… A simple answer From the Silent Self That knows and smiles…. I Am Love. Everything is Me without me Expressing itself As me… To be Everything and Nothing is to be the completeness that is…. […]

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8 Decades of Wisdom : Dharma Talk by Doshin Sensei

Doshin Sensei: – Dharma talk given at SPZG in August 2015 Download mp3 Talk Notes: -Dharma talk given at the celebration of Doshin Sensei’s 80th birthday. In truth there is nothing new to say. Nothing!  So what’s worthy of repeating? When you get old enough the great poets and teachers have something worth repeating. Doshin […]

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The Truth is Ready to Harvest : Dharma Talk by Mushin Sensei

Mushin Sensei: – Dharma talk given at SPZG on 7/18/2015 Download mp3 Talk Notes: “The Dharma wheel turns from the beginning and reality is revealed in its many forms always in flux.” -Mushin Sensei gives a talk to set off our Wake Up call. This talk was given at Southern Palm Zen Group on 7/18/2015.  […]

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Shinzan Palma: Dharma Talk:

Shinzan Palma: – Dharma talk given at SPZG on 5/16/2015 Download mp3 Talk Notes: Visiting teacher Shinzan Palma gives a beautiful talk at a Zazenkai on May 16th 2015 -Here we come to this Zazenkai, we are really fortunate to have this practice and time to slow down and be in silence and be intimate […]

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A Brief Reflection on Ziyong’s Last Teaching * by Mushin Sensei

This rich story bundles together three aspects: birth and death, nirvana, and dreams. It is like a multi-layered cake. How can we taste it all at once? Whenever something is out of reach, we use the language of dream. It is as though nirvana is a holiday island removed from reality, or an escape when […]

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Gratitude from Inside

I received this letter a few days ago and I wanted to share it with our extended sangha. We just never know how our attempts to bring the dharma to incarcerated men and women will unfold, but I am convinced that our good intentions and consistent efforts do manifest in positive ways. Your continued support […]

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