a study in contrasts :: crazy winter, cozy corner

the zen corner at the zen bungalow

that's a ton of snow swirling outside the window, but our zen corner overwhelms it with a sense of calm clarity

we've received somewhere around 56" of snow in january. they're predicting another 15-20" between today and tomorrow (and then perhaps some more on saturday). if we were in buffalo, this would be a normal winter. but we're not in buffalo, damn it!

if you look closely at the picture, you might recognize there's a crap-load of snow falling outside the window. i bet the overwhelming calm of our zen corner conceals what's swirling around right outside the window.

whether it's snow that's swirling in your world, or just everyday crap, you're welcome to join us at the bungalow and experience what one of our members has coined "a spa for your mind." coffee's warm (i opted for a kona extra bold this morning... sometimes even zen clarity isn't enough to get me past 20" of newly fallen snow)

happy shoveling!

daruma & the zen bungalow

a zen bungalow daruma doll hanging out in our zen garden

this zen bungalow daruma decided to meditate in our zen garden

daruma is the father of zen buddhism.   as with many religious figures, his "likeness" is represented across a variety of icons.  for the first time last week i learned some very interesting facts about one type of icon -- the daruma doll.

in japan, daruma dolls hold special significance for those embarking on new ventures or who find themselves in a period of transition (here's a short blog post i wrote on the subject).   i particularly like the fact that new daruma dolls lack pupils.  new owners fill in one pupil (usually the left) to mark the start of their journey toward achieving a goal.  the second pupil is filled in upon attaining that goal.

to say this struck a chord within my own soul would be a serious understatement. not only is the zen bungalow a relatively new venture itself (less than 4 months old as i write this), but the environment we are establishing is intentionally focused upon nurturing businesses and individuals embarking on new paths.  this makes the tradition behind daruma dolls particularly relevant to our purpose.  so relevant that i have decided to make them an integral part of our own culture.

starting this month, new members of the zen bungalow will receive a daruma doll to mark the start of their journeys.  though we may start with many winking (one-eyed) darumas, it is my hope and desire to house a host of wide-eyed darumas in the months and years to come.

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