Buddhism Chan

Changes to the Website

Dear Bodhi&Bass family,

there are a few updates to the website I’d like to point out, for you to check out and enjoy.

Our new logo reflects the spirit of our Hermitage, as well as our main affiliation, the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha (Zen Order of Hsu-Yun):

dwzs bodhi

First of all, there’s a new landing page. So if you’ve ever stumbled on an article or something else you liked but felt a bit lost beyond that, Now there’s a place to start: The aptly named “Start Here”.

Secondly, there’s a new page about Buddhist Practice, to serve as a starting point for all the other resources and practices presented on the website. Check it out: Practice ://: Resources.

Thirdly, there’s a whole new section dedicated to exploring the lineage of this fine establishment. If you want to know about our history, check it out: Our Lineage

Finally, if you enjoy the content made available through this website, such as the many articles and the podcast, there’s a way for you to support this work! Check out the brand new Dāna Corner! Even if you’re not able to contribute, there’s still interesting information about the Buddhist practice of generosity on there. Importantly, all Buddhist teachings are always going to be available for free. Support the content if you can, but you will still have access to it even if you can’t. Your support is deeply appreciated!

That’s it. Keep an eye out for an article about the current war in Gaza coming very soon, and a new Buddhist Bits episode coming tomorrow.

Have a beautiful weekend,

Your ShenYun



My first major influence was my grandmother Chaviva Dimenstein, who taught me violin. Even when I switched to guitar, because the violin was annoying to me, and finally to double bass, she still spent many hours every day helping me get better at music. In addition to her, I was blessed to study with many more great teachers, a rare thing to find. Most of them were not bass players at all, but supreme musicians who showed me the most important thing- we don’t learn music in order to play an instrument; we learn an instrument in order to play music. When I started to study Buddhism, I soon found out the same principle applies. Meditation cannot stand apart from daily life. I have been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. I started out in a Theravada context, again learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, then I practiced some Zen, and now I study and practice Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). My highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness- that means my own happiness as well as that of all others.

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