Chiyono’s Bucket

With this and that I tried to keep the bucket together,
and then the bottom fell out.
Where water does not collect,
the moon does not dwell


December 6, 2013

“I, the broad earth, and all conscious beings are enlightened and effortlessly manifest the Great Way together.” “All beings contain within themselves the seeds of Enlightenment and yet we drown in the ocean of birth and death for so many thousands of lifetimes!” This month ┬áZen Buddhists, will celebrate the time of the Buddha’s awakening. […]

Sesshin: The Great Silence

September 17, 2013

The great silence is the experience of living deeply settled in our life in all settings and circumstances.

Sesshin: Gathering the Mind

September 1, 2013

Sesshin is a time of everyday life when we carry out the activities of everyday life with the compassionate attention of open awareness.

Zen Is Life

July 21, 2013

Looking for the moon, it is here, in this wave in the next.
fr. Dogen Zenji’s Instructions to the Cook

Where the Moon’s Power Holds Sway

May 15, 2013

When the moon’s power holds sway, our minds are quiet, open, and receptive to the moon’s changes.

All is Smiling

May 8, 2013

A flower raised in one hand evokes a smile on the face of another. Our zazen is the zazen of the Buddhas.

Mahakashyapa’s Smile

April 24, 2013

Each of us can recognize ourselves in what seems to be “other”. Each of us can recognize ourselves in the boundlessness of the universe. Take a long and loving look.

shift of viewpoint

April 5, 2013

a teaching on Zen practice as a shift in point of view: looked at one way, separate and narrow; looked at another, one and boundless.