What I think about when I am riding

Regarded from one side, an entire range; From another, a single peak. Far, near, high, low, all its parts Different from the others If the true face of Mount Lu Cannot be known, It is because the one looking at it Is standing in its midst. – Su Shih There was a high pressure system […]

Ryokan

Returning home from a day of begging; Sage has covered my door. Now, a bunch of leaves burns with the brushwood. Silently, I read the poems of Han-shan, Accompanied by the autumn wind rustling through the reeds. I stretch out both feet and lie down. What is there to fret over? What is there to […]

Radical Dharma

Having picked up a copy of Radical Dharma when Rev. angel Kyodo williams came to speak, I can tell I’m going to be quoting from it a lot; it has been challenging and bracing to read, and I feel opened up, grateful to have that challenge and that openness. Reading it on my commute across the bay, in […]

Blanche Hartman

‘Before a dharma talk we chant a verse that speaks to the unsurpassed, penetrating and perfect dharma. It is as if the teacher were going to talk about perfect dharma and now you have it to see and listen to from the teacher. However, this unsurpassed, penetrating and perfect dharma, which we have to see […]

Michael Stone

‘Reawakening love and intimacy for one’s self and beyond requires practice. This is not because love is something far away from us, but because we forget. We forget that intimacy is near. We forget how to relax with others. We forget we are whole. Realization is a kind of remembering rather than an achievement or […]

What I think about when I am riding

Right now I feel lucky in that my Monday mornings are unscheduled. Usually I try to make this my study time, but this week I decided to go out for a ride to help me think. I find it hard to talk about tragedies and atrocities when they happen, but I figured that my group […]

Sunday Poem

If you have time to chatter, Read books. If you have time to read, Walk into mountain, desert and ocean. If you have time to walk, Sing songs and dance. If you have time to dance, Sit quietly, you happy, lucky idiot. – Nanao Sakaki On Memorial Day, I had a potluck afternoon picnic with […]

Dogen

‘To hear with the ear is an everyday matter, but to hear with the eye is not always so. When you see buddha, you see self-buddha, other-buddha, a large buddha, a small buddha. Do not be frightened by a large buddha. Do not be put off by a small buddha. Just see large and small […]