‘The zazen of even one person at one moment imperceptibly accords with all things and fully resonates through all time. Thus in the past, future and present of the limitless universe, this zazen carries on the Buddha’s teaching endlessly. Each moment of zazen is equally wholeness of practice, equally wholeness of realization.’ (Shobogenzo Bendowa) I think […]

What I think about when I am riding

‘Each moment is perfect if you don’t compare it’ (Byron Katie) A friend of mine noticed recently that I have been talking more about running than about cycling, and it is probably true. I have been covering enough miles in my running recently that I am feeling like a runner again – when I started training […]

Roaming Zen

Over the weekend I was imagining how I would write up the inaugural Roaming Zen, not least as I have not been in a great mood for the past couple of days, and the idea of writing a booster post didn’t seem so authentic. As I told a few people, I had a kind of […]

The Language of Ritual

As we approach the full moon, a final commentary from Dogen, this time on the ninth precept, ‘I vow not to harbour ill will’: ‘Not negative, not positive, neither real nor unreal. There is an ocean of illuminated clouds, and an ocean of bright clouds.’ Reading Enkyo O’Hara Roshi’s book,  Most Intimate,  she offered a […]


Although it is snowing ceaselessly At the gate of the mountain valley The warbler is singing “Spring has already come”

Power, Agency and Control

Another attempt to think out loud on the subject of diversity: In the discussion around the Heart Sutra last Saturday, we talked about prajna paramita as the wisdom that understands emptiness. I tend to trust that at a certain point in a  meditation practice, the truth of the three marks of existence (that all things are impermanent, […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘Our practice must be grounded, zazen must be grounded, our breathing and our concentration must be grounded, day by day. This is our zazen right now, right here. This is all we have to do. Just move the handle of the water pump, and then very naturally, water comes up. But in everyday life we […]