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Judith Ragir

Byakuren Judith Ragir is the Senior Dharma Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN. For all events, new audio lectures and new classes, please go to www.cloudsinwater.org

Zen Priest and Teacher

My root teacher, Katagiri Roshi’s encouragement to “just live”, expressed the understanding that Spiritual life is not something far away, but right under our feet; it slaps our nose and rubs our cheeks.
It is… Just This!

So how can we allow our hearts to open to the moment as it is and drop our ideas of how the moment “should” be?

My mission is to help students to go deep. Seminal to my teachings are many years of work in psychotherapy and Recovery. The effect is that I continually deepen in my own understanding and practice and try to find ways to help others deepen into their spiritual lives.

Zen life, our life, is to express the paradox of the miracle of unconditional reality completely merged with the ordinariness of life’s activities. The sacred and ordinary expressed by “Being Time” as Dogen, a thirteenth century Zen teacher, writer and philosopher wrote about so strikingly.

My own teaching is a tapestry of all my past influences: 17 years of study and practice with Dainin Katagiri Roshi, 9 years of teaching at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, Mn. and a career as a dancer, body worker, Oriental medical doctor and healer.

For 6 years, from approximately 2000-2006, I meditated primarily outdoors, by myself. This has had a powerful affect on my understanding and my teaching. I was very influenced by the wild, raw transparency of nature, unaltered by the human mind. I hold this experience as an ember in my heart.

Many of the lectures on this website were given between 2004 and 2006, a period when I was not associated with any particular sangha. From November 2006 to 2015, I served as the Guiding Teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center, and since January 2015 I have been the center's Senior Dharma Teacher. All of my lectures and teaching at Clouds in Water Zen Center are first posted at www.cloudsinwater.org and, somewhat later, are posted here.

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Breath! Teachings from the Anapanasati Sutta
Settle the Self into the Self, Byakuren
Buddhist Wisdom Teachings
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