The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings

‘A bodhisattva, if he wants to learn and master the doctrine of Innumerable Meanings, should observes that all laws were originally, will be, and are in themselves void in nature and form; they are neither great nor small, neither appearing nor disappearing, neither fixed nor immovable, and neither advancing nor retreating; and they are nondualistic, […]

Shodo Harada

‘Original Nature can be realized if you can just let go of everything. To conceptualize around this is meaningless. While still in our world you must hold onto nothing – not a single thing – but let go of your attachment to every possession, every pain, every plan, every material thing, all of your self-centered […]

Enkyo O’Hara

‘We can’t control joy. It is something that bobs up when we are truly alive and meet the whole world in an instant. We can experience joy in every aspect of our life, in working, in caring, in creating, and even in suffering. I think the key to experiencing joy is, as we say so […]

What I think about when I am riding

There is a well-known zen story I was reminded of this weekend. Here is one version – other versions have the same narrative but a different number of horses… It is warm enough in San Francisco at the moment that I am having trouble sleeping – trying to balance staying cool with being exposed to […]


‘Yunyan was making tea. Daowu asked him, “Who are you making tea for?” Yunyan said, “There’s someone who wants it.” Daowu said, “Why don’t you let him make it himself?” Yunyan said, “Fortunately, I’m here to do it.”‘ (Zen’s Chinese Heritage) There are a few different levels we can read this story at, but at the […]

Miazawa Kenji

neither yielding to rain nor yielding to wind yielding neither to snow nor to summer heat with a stout body like that without greed never getting angry always smiling quietly eating one and a half pieces of brown rice and bean paste and a bit of vegetables a day in everything not taking oneself into […]

What I think about when I am running

‘If we go somewhere on foot, we know the way perfectly, whereas if we go by motor car or airplane we are hardly there at all, it becomes merely a dream.’  (Chogyam Trungpa – Meditation in Action) This was a fine quote to find, and I shall doubtless use it at the head of a […]