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I am an Odinist, a practicioner of the old Germanic religion that is native to the Northern European soul. I was raised in this religion and love it. However, I've also begun to study and practice Buddhism which has given me a lot of peace. Can one practice both religions? (Odinism, btw, honors many Gods, the Ancestors and the Land Spirits)

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Ask yourself the Big Question "What am I?" If you ask sincerely, a big "Don't Know" will appear. This "Don't Know" is before thinking; it has no I/my/me. Find this before-thinking mind, then use it to meet each moment with clarity and compassion.

That's all that matters. No need to worry about Buddhism or Odinism or religion or anything else.

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I'm a long-time practitioner in a Korean-style Zen school. I can answer questions regarding Zen, formal sitting meditation, self-inquiry, the practice of "koan" transmission, and offer the particular perspective of this school on the great life questions.

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18 years of formal practice with the Kwan Um School of Zen, currently with the Empty Gate Zen Center of Berkeley, currently a "Senior Dharma Teacher" at this center, I give periodic talks and informally answer questions of students interested in Zen practice and teaching style

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