No Wind

The past week has seen the kind of endless blue skies that I do not get tired of in San Francisco; they are common enough (for all that it has been a wet winter), but there have been some recent days where, unlike recent weeks especially, the wind barely blew, and that is a rarer […]

The Acquiescent Mind

Outwardly still while inwardly moving, Like a tethered colt, a trapped rat; The ancient sages pitied them and bestowed upon them the teaching. According to their delusions, they called black as white; When erroneous imaginations cease, the acquiescent mind realizes itself. (Tozan Ryokai – The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi) A recent comment asked me […]

Kobun Chino

‘We came from Truth, we are in Truth, and we will go back to Truth. It is impossible for each of us to observe the whole Truth. Although we trust the functioning of our whole body and mind, we still have to admit to the limitation of our sense organs, of our body and mind. […]

W.S. Merwin

The quiet morning has a few cloud friends that are gone when I look for them again in this one summer to which I have come after everything that I remember what can I call it before it has gone it does not hear me and does not know me it passes without seeing I […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘Doubt is essential to actualizing understanding. Truly productive doubt must bring us to a point in which we drop our intellect and enter the realm of actualization. Before we can attain a mental state of spontaneous response, we may need to wander in the fields of intellectual investigation… People learn in different ways, but however […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘When you pay attention to real reality, you see that human knowledge exists right in the middle of change – there is nothing to get a hold of. So finally, human knowledge is empty. But that emptiness is not merely empty; something is moving in there. That something moving is mind itself. Mind doesn’t have […]

Red Pine

‘None of the things that fill our lives is by itself false. It is only our conceptualization and attachment that make them false. Meanwhile, the perfection of wisdom transforms these obstacles into aids to enlightenment… Buddha likened his teachings to a raft, and told Subhuti to let go of all teachings, all dharmas as well […]