Joshu

A monk asked, “What is the mind that the Patriarch brought from the west?” The master said, “This chair leg is.” The monk said, “That’s it, isn’t it?” The master said, “If it is, take it away with you.”‘(The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu) Another one falls into grasping.

Sharon Salzberg

‘When we feel conflicted about a particular decision or action, our bodies often hold the answer – if we take the time to stop and tune in. Our minds tend to race ahead into the future or replay the past, but our bodies are always in the present moment. A tightness in the chest or […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘A dharma position has a past, present, and future, but it is freed from being defined by that past, present, or future. Each dharma position is particular and independent. We are aware of past experience and future desires when actualizing our enlightened mind, but such ideas do not obstruct our ability to respond fully to […]

Mary Oliver

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Reading of her death, I […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘Practicing zazen is the true gate to playing in this samadhi of the self that is only the self. The other side of this statement is that only practicing the zazen of the absolute self and absolute present is jijuyu zanmai. Yet if you assume the zazen posture and think that satori or buddha is […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So I think we have so many students here, but I don’t know how many of you will stay with us. I don’t know how many. If you have good reason to stay here you will stay. But if you haven’t got much reason, I don’t know. What I am saying right now is when […]

Atmospheric River

I am not much of a one for harbouring end-of-times thoughts, unless I stop too long to think about the fate of the planet through climate change, but it has certainly been a strange year so far. On Wednesday, in the early hours, there was a small earthquake in the Bay Area – enough to […]