Our approach to a life of joy and awareness is through our practice. As individuals, we practice with meditation and with koans.We support our individual practices with group meditation, koan study, and discussion.
"Meditation can be as complicated as you want to make it, but here's a move in the other direction. Pay attention to whatever you notice (inside or outside yourself, it doesn't mater) without thinking it's good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, wise or stupid, worthy or unworthy. Actually there's only one step. That's it. Sometimes the word 'curiosity' will help you." - from Rachel Boughton's "Simplest Meditation Instructions Ever" (Zen Notes, February 2014)
"A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. It's something to keep you company, whatever you are doing. There's a tradition of koan study to transform your heart and the way you move in the world. The path is about learning to love this life, the one you have. Then it's easy to love others, which is the other thing a practice is about." -from John Tarrant, "How to Practice Zen Koans" (Lion's Roar, March 2016)