Cristina Moon
A newsletter from Zen priest Cristina Moon about how to develop a fighting spirit and the ability to stay calm amidst chaos.
Created 02 Apr 2019
  • Zen Art
    17 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    This past weekend, the martial arts Dojo at Chozen-ji was transformed into a gallery of stunning Zen art and abundant, enlivening flower arrangements. The whole thing vibrated with the promise of an e...
  • No Fear
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Photo Credit: Michelle Mischina As an ordained priest at Chozen-ji, the Zen temple where I live, my main charge is not to conduct weddings, funerals, house blessings, or other ceremonies—but to give f...
  • Look Beneath Your Feet
    27 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 8 4
    A sign at Daihonzan Chozen-ji that reads, “Look Beneath Your Feet”. In 1968, only hours before the Trappist monk, activist, and writer Thomas Merton died, he quoted his good friend, His Holiness The D...
  • [WJTCIB #2] "Through The Tea, Find Yourself" — Japanese Tea Master Yumiko Sayama
    29 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 7 0
    When my early response to training in Chado (The Way of Tea or Japanese Tea Ceremony) was resistance and suspicion, I was counseled to "learn strength from Kendo. And learn grace from Yumiko." I know ...
  • "Why Japanese Tea Ceremony is Badass"
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    Early on in my Zen training at Chozen-ji, my teacher Sayama Daian Roshi pushed me to learn Chado, the Way of Tea (also known as Japanese Tea Ceremony). But I had come to Chozen-ji with the idea of pur...
  • The Science of Zen Training—with new updates
    15 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 5
    This post is from the weekly newsletter by Cristina Moon, a Rinzai Zen priest living at Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Hawaii. If you like it and would like more content like this in your Inbox, please consid...
  • May We Gather
    08 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 8 0
    This is the weekly newsletter from Cristina Moon, a Rinzai Zen priest living at Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Hawaiʻi . If you like it and would like to get future posts in your inbox, please consider subscr...
  • The Zen and Science of How Being a Good Follower Translates to Being a Good Leader
    31 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 7 1
    Years ago, after I graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and came to live at Chozen-ji, I came across an article by Peters and Haslam with the definition of leadership that I shared ...
  • Follow the Leader, Pt 1
    25 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    This is my first post in a while. For nine months or so, I’ve been absorbed with writing the first draft of my first book—a memoir about my spiritual journey that tracks everything from how I went on ...
  • 49 Days
    04 May 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    I got on a plane yesterday in Honolulu and flew to Los Angeles to participate in “May We Gather”, a 49-day memorial service for the victims of the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta and other victims o...
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