Suzuki Roshi

‘Usually, when you do something, you want to achieve something, you attach to some result. From achievement to non-achievement means to be rid of the unnecessary and bad results of effort. If you do something in the spirit of non-achievement, there is good quality in it. So just to do something without any particular effort […]

Blanche Hartman

‘People have talked to me about how much they appreciated Lou, my late husband. My response has been, If you appreciated Lou, what were the qualities that you appreciated? Can you bring those qualities alive in yourself? If you enjoyed his humor, can you find your own humor and bring it out? If you enjoyed […]

Radical Dharma

‘Our inability as a nation to honor the theft of these lands and the building of wealth, power, and privilege on the countless backs and graves of Black people is our most significant obstacle to being at peace with ourselves, thus with the world. The Buddhist community is a mirror image of this deep internal […]

The poetry of spam

Occasionally I will delve into the WordPress admin pages associated with this blog. I was trying to the other day to see if there was a way to block spam followers as there is on Tumblr, and came across this spam comment – sent twice: Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is […]

Han-shan

Would you know a simile for life and death? Compare them then to water and ice. Water binds together to become ice; Ice melts and turns back into water. What has died must live again, What has been born shall return to death. Water and ice do no harm to each other; Life and death […]

What I think about when I am riding

I would say it has not been the best week, on a local or global level. On Wednesday evening, two cyclists were killed in San Francisco in separate incidents involving reckless driving. The following day, a majority of people in my home country stuck two fingers up (the slightly milder British version of the middle […]

Michael Stone

‘We allow our lives to be dominated by the assumption that life is a mystery that must be uncovered. Why do we feel that the answer to the great questions of life can only be accessed by looking into some secret chamber?… Letting go in meditation practice shows us how we’ve traded in all of […]

What I think about when I am riding

In San Francisco, the solstice does not seem quite as notable as it does in my more northerly native land, where the longest days are indeed long – though I imagine the current wet weather back in England is not going to stir many thoughts of lazing outside on lovely mid-summer evenings. On Monday, as I […]

Roaming Zen

This Saturday sees the last in the first season of Roaming Zen. I have been very grateful for all the support I have received, from those who have attended and those who haven’t, and I will certainly offer this again in the future; I have some dates between September and November lined up to take advantage […]

Dogen

‘Buddhas and ancestors of old were as we; we in the future shall be buddhas and ancestors. Revering buddhas and ancestors, we are one buddha and one ancestor; awakening bodhi-mind, we are one bodhi-mind. Because they extend their compassion to us freely and without limit, we are able to attain buddhahood and let go of […]