Tara Brach

‘Even when it’s hard to appreciate goodness in someone, we can send lovingkindness anyway. At first we might feel fake or irritated; our good wishes may feel hollow or flat. But if we can regard those feelings with kindness and continue the practice, a surprising thing happens. By simply offering care, our care begins to wake […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘Reality itself is a question for us. There is no way to reduce the reality of our life to any logical system and completely understand it, because our life is so complex. Reality is always asking us, “What is this life? Who are we? What am I doing?” Somehow we have to answer with our […]


The great rains falling incessantly, The great refreshment when it clears, The croaking of frogs, The murmur of earthworms – The ancient Buddha is not limited to the past But exhibits his diamond eye right now. Hey! Vines and creepers, vines and creepers!

Shodo Harada

‘Zazen is not a matter of intellection; it must be rooted in the physical sense of inner liberation that is most easily accessed through sitting. This sense of liberation is not in itself enough, however. It is also necessary to attain an inner state open to the essential nature of things. If liberation was all […]

Chan Master Sheng Yen

‘There is no wisdom without experience. Setbacks are a kind of experience or process; adversities are a kind of test or training. If, in the face of adversity, you can remain unperturbed, without resentment or hatred, and handle it calmly and wisely, treat it compassionately, then it will no longer be adversity.’ (Zen and Inner Peace)

Blanche Hartman

‘When I first met Suzuki Roshi, I thought, “I want to be like him!” The best teacher for you is someone who inspires you by the wisdom and compassion you see in the teacher as she or he goes about daily life and interacts with the people around her or him.’ (Seeds for a Boundless Life) […]

Toni Packer

‘What do people mean by “self-realization”? A powerful experience that will settle our daily problems? Awakening to a state of nirvana, bliss, ecstasy? Is that what people believe it to be? I am asked about this all the time. We all have read so many accounts of enlightenment experiences and one wants that same experience […]