Torei

‘Our true teaching does not make an issue of whether one is a monk or a layperson, a male or a female; it does not choose between the aristocrat and the commoner or the old and the young. It’s not a question of great or small faculties, or of being smart or slow. As long […]

Hui-Neng

‘Freedom from form means detachment from forms in the midst of form. Freedom from thought means having no thought in the midst of thought.’ (The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch)

Chögyam Trungpa

‘It is often mentioned in the scriptures that without theories, without concepts, one cannot even start. So start with concepts and then build up theory. And then you use up the theory and it gradually gives way to wisdom, to intuitive knowledge, and that knowledge finally links with reality. So to start with, one should […]

A Day in the Mountains

Last week’s day of heavy rain blew away, and was followed by a bracing north-westerly wind which brought back the cold, but also brought an amazing clarity to the light. Heading down to Tassajara early on Sunday morning for another shuso ceremony, the 101 was lined with frost-filled fields, and when we arrived, even walking […]

Byron Katie

‘As long as you think that the cause of your problem is “out there” — as long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering — the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you’re suffering in paradise.’ It might seem that Byron […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves. It is impossible to study ourselves without some teaching. If you want to know what water is you need science, and the scientist needs a laboratory. In the laboratory there are various ways in which to study what water is. Thus […]

Daito

On passing through the cloud barrier, the former road’s not there: Under the blue sky in broad daylight, this is my home mountain. The wheel of potential gets through and changes, hard for people to reach, The golden ascetic gives up and goes home.