Red Path Zen is an integration of Native American spiritual traditions and practices with Zen Buddhism, carefully respecting the integrity of each tradition. Red Path Zen flows from the Lakota phrase, Mitakuye Oyas’in, which means “All My Relations.” We are One with all creation: stones, trees, winged ones, four leggeds and two leggeds of all races.
The Founder and former Director of Red Path (Native American) Zen is Grandfather Duncan Shoko Sings-Alone,Roshi an enrolled Cherokee, who studied with Cherokee-Shoshone Medicine Man, Rolling Thunder, and spent seven years of intensive training with Monacan-Lakota Medicine Man, George Whitewolf.
As a practice path within Zen Garland, Red Path Zen emphasizes awakening the mind of unity shared by both Native American tradition and Zen practice. The experience of Native American Ceremonies creates a direct, healing connection to the natural world. Zen offers a portable and practical way to embody that spirit of unity in all aspects of life.
Zen Garland offers a structured and holistic approach to spiritual development. The Red Path requires devoted commitment to all aspects of its training, Zen Buddhist and Native American. The practices include Zen Meditation and koan study, embodiment practices, Focusing for emotional integration, the Zen Garland Vows (ethics), Drumming Meditation, Ceremonies and Vision Retreats.
Becoming a natural human being means to becoming deeply intimate with Grandmother Earth and all her dimensions. In Red Path Zen we aim to move freely in the natural world and to see ourselves as an integrated part of it, with our resources, our skills and our limits as human beings. This is not fancy and magical but an earthbound spiritual path.
If you are interested in joining a Red Path Zen Sangha please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Zen Garland office at 845-547-2004
Ho, Tunkashiela, Wakan Tanka (Grandfather, Great Mystery):
I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.
Aho! Mitakuye Oyas’in
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• Stalking Nirvana; The Native American (Red Path) Zen Way by Grandfather Duncan Sings-Alone, Roshi
• Sprinting Backwards to God by Grandfather Duncan Sings-Alone, Roshi
(Can get signed copies from www.TwoCanoesPress.com)
• Circle of Life by James Audlin
• The Pipe and Christ: A Christian-Sioux Dialogue by W. Stolzman, SJ (This is a very interesting dialogue between traditional medicine men and Catholic Priests on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation
• Black Elk’s Religion by C. Holler
• Fools Crow by Thomas Mails
• The Sacred Pipe by Black Elk
• I Send a Voice by Elizabeth Eaton
• Native American Sweatlodge by Joseph Bruchac
• Winona’s Web by Priscilla Cogan (this is especially useful for helping women understand moon customs and the meaning of the Pipe. There are two subsequent books in the trilogy: Compass of the Heart, and Crack at Dusk:Crook of Dawn, all dealing thoughtfully and authentically with the interaction of Lakota and modern Western beliefs).