Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

‘There is no need to sustain interrelationship, to practice it, to hold it up to see it, or to make it a superior way of thinking. We are in this interrelationship, between life and death, whether we want to recognize it or not. We can be awake to it even as we die. When I see […]

Reb Anderson

‘You actually are a person. You do actually depend on everybody else. The one thing you don’t depend on in this whole universe is yourself, but you depend on everything else, and everything else has power in your life. That’s who you really are, and our practice is to be that person. Our practice is […]

Shodo Harada

‘Samu: in a Zen dojo it is said,”First is samu, second is zazen, third is reading the sutras.” Samu is physical work, but it is also zazen in action. Samu has a spiritual emphasis and is more than just physical work to the extent that through it you can give life to your Buddha Nature’ […]


Staying in mountains, I gradually awaken to mountain sounds and colors Fruit growing and flowers open, I question release from this emptiness. For a while I’ve wondered, what is the original color? Blue, yellow, red and white are all in the painting. (Extensive Record, poem 104) Tomorrow I shall be leaving for Tassajara, and I shall […]

Michael Stone

‘The unshakable sanity that comes from the wellspring of silence returns us to our selves – and in no way is that separate from the ongoing flux of the natural world. In a moment, the universe is both intimate and universal. What could be more quietly subversive?’ (Awake in the World) I have posted this […]

angel Kyodo williams

‘Enlightened being is not something that you can pick up  and put in your purse or knapsack like this book. It is not tangible. You cannot hold it in your hand or pass it around. You cannot put it down. The path to it is just doing. Just being. Just starting. It is action. Action […]

Sekkei Harada

‘There is nothing wrong with how we are and so there is also nothing right about it. Since there is no delusion, these is also no enlightenment. This condition of things is what we refer to as “suchness” or being “as it is.” It is not a matter of understanding our condition as it is, […]

Chögyam Trungpa

‘Whenever we begin to evaluate, deciding that we should or should not do this or that, then we have already associated our practice or our knowledge with categories, one pitted against the other, and that is spiritual materialism, the false spirituality of our spiritual advisor. Whenever we have a dualistic notion such as, “I am […]

Uchiyama Roshi

‘Middle Way does not mean halfway. Nor does it mean some sort of watered-down, defeated compromise or shallow eclecticism. Rather, Middle Way means to accept this contradiction of impermanence and cause-and-effect within your own life. To accept this contradiction means to forbear and overcome it without trying to resolve it. At its every essence life […]