Taigen Dan Leighton

‘The ultimate purpose of spiritual practice, universally awakened heart/mind, cannot be set apart from our own inherent being and our immediate moment-to-moment awareness.’ (Introduction to Cultivating the Empty Field)

angel Kyodo williams

‘Many people mistakenly believe that the way to be spiritual and find peace in their lives is to wrestle the “me” to the ground. To conquer it. To force themselves to submit to a set of ideas about how they should be. They begin a process of tightening themselves, cutting off their feelings or pretending […]


‘When you realize buddha dharma, you do not think, “This is realization just as I expected.” Even if you think so, realization inevitably differs from your expectation. Realization is not like your conception of it. Accordingly, realization cannot take place as previously conceived. When you realize buddha dharma, you do not consider how realization came […]

Reb Anderson

‘To sit without delving into existence or nonexistence is called wholeheartedly sitting.’ (The Third Turning of the Wheel) Perhaps this quote might seem a little scary – how can we not be delving into existence – or nonexistence. It brings to mind the phrase from Dogen, ‘no longer concerned with conceptual distinctions.’ I remember how long […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘To appreciate things and people, our minds need to be calm and clear. So we practice zazen, or “just sitting” without any gaining idea. At this time you are you yourself. You “settle yourself on yourself.” With this practice, we have freedom, but it may be that the freedom you mean and the freedom Zen […]

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

‘I used to be afraid of being… viewed as “soft”. How could I be tender in the liberated sense, and be strong and safe? How could I meet disrespect or disregard with tenderness? How could I trust it? How can I be tender when there is war? How can I not be tender when there […]


A rag-robed chewer of vegetables,
 my heart is like the clear autumn moon
 through and through. 

Ask me where I’m from,
 all I can say is
 blue waters, blue mountains.