Teachings

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

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.