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I am quite new in my practice and I live in an area that has no Buddhist or temples nearby.
How do people find support when they live in areas that have no Buddhist nearby ?

Answer
Most important is keeping a clear mind moment to moment. Sincerely ask yourself, "What am I?" If you don't know, just keep that big Don't Know. Let it cut off all thinking as you respond compassionately to each situation that appears in front of you. Then, wherever you are, without exception, is already a temple. Whoever you're with, without exception, is your Sangha.

In most places, you can find some sort of meditation group to practice with. If this isn't possible, you can find support on the internet. (The group I practice with has a web site http://emptygatezen.com/ and a youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTMswBT0miv9kB358bI_IPQ.)

You can also travel to meet a teacher. If you do even one retreat with a Zen Master, for instance, he'll give you a Big Question that you can work with on your own. Maybe it's sometimes difficult to practice on your own, but this difficulty can make your practice strong.

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Stuart Resnick

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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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