013 Justin Mccoy – Quietly Doing Big Things

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013 Justin Mccoy – Quietly Doing Big Things

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Justin Mccoy is an American Soto Zen Buddhist Monk

who grew up in and around Los Angeles.  After four years in architecture school, he left to become a monk.  Justin spends much of his time in quiet meditation, but he is also working to create the largest Zen Buddhist Temple outside of Japan.  In our conversation, we talk about cultivating happiness, the importance of natural learning for children, the paradox of the self being one with the universe, traditional Japanese building techniques, and much more.  Justin’s is a fascinating story… enjoy!

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Useful links from the show:

You can support Justin and the Soto Zen Temple project at tenpyozan.org

If you are interested in Soto Zen Buddhism, check out szba.org

The Institute for Humanistic Education and Parenting, Play Mountain Place

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Below are images of the design and construction of the temple:

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Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

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