The name White Lotus Haven Zen (백연항구선) symbolizes:
Interdependent everyday reality
Like the lotus flower that roots into the mud, we choose to embrace the “mud” of everyday life, knowing that this mundane ground is the fertile foundation for the growth and blossoming of awakening and liberation. This is the teaching and practice of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
A sanctuary of practice support
The word Haven has its etymological roots in the word harbor, which is a port or shelter for ships and boats. Ships conjure images of sailing on a vast and unpredictable ocean — a simile for each practitioner’s spiritual journey. The WLHZ community strives to be a port of spiritual support and encouragement for those navigating the ever-changing currents of life.
Directly pointing to mind alone
What is Zen? Take a breath, be here. What is this moment? What is THIS…..
“The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes… Zen practice is to open up our small mind.”
The White Lotus Haven Zen Emblem:
During the end of the Buddha’s life, as his disciples were wondering who would be his successor, he instructed his disciples to let the Dharma and the Discipline be their guide*. The Dharma Wheel symbolizes the teachings of the 4 Noble truths, the 8-fold Path of Liberation, with the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) as the hub — it rests on the Lotus Seat of Great Awakening. May your practice be strong, and heart light.