“The bones and skulls of those who did not turn back from this continuous practice are enshrined in seven treasure pagodas and given respect by humans and devas.”

Drawing inspiration from his teacher’s two-acre garden on Long Island, NY, Sensei Koshin wonders what it means to tend to the gardens of our own lives, especially the garden of our practice. While discussing the importance of consistency and grit, he emphasizes the place of gratitude in everything we do.

ZenTalk Notes:

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Music: Heart Sutra by Kanho Yakushiji –  Buddhist priest and a musician of the Rinzai sect and Imaji temple in Imabari, Japan. In 2003, he formed “KISSAQUO”, a songwriting duo based in Kyoto.

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