Suzuki Roshi

‘Before we open our mouths, we are already expressing the big existence, including ourselves.’ (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind) I have posted this before (with a snarky comment attached), but it is another phrase that we can hear again and again without exhausting. What is it that stops us from really believing it, right now?

Bernard Glassman

‘People think they’ve failed when something doesn’t work out the way they expected it to work out. But most things don’t work out the way we expect them to. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t try to make things happen the way we want them to, or even the way we hope they will. […]

Each of the Myriad Things

I haven’t shown any photographs publicly for about two and a half years; I had three shows right around the time I left Zen Center, but I did not come close to recouping the printing and framing costs, so I put that aside and focused on trying to earn a living in the market-place. Recently […]


‘The great road has no gate. It leaps out from the heads of all of you. The open sky has no road. It enters into my nostrils. In this way we meet as Gautama’s bandits, or Linji’s troublemakers. Ha! The great house tumbles down and spring wind swirls. Astonished, apricot blossoms fly and scatter – […]

Pride and joy for all

I live just a couple of blocks from the Castro Theater in San Francisco, so for Pride, my neighbourhood is even busier than usual. Knowing that there would be late-night parties happening both downstairs and next-door, I was in the East Bay for much of the weekend for the sake of getting some sleep, but […]

Mumon Yamada

‘Buddha-nature is not a precious antique to be wrapped up in brocade and packed away in a box. Our buddha-nature reveals itself clearly in our daily work. That is because buddha-nature is act, activity.’ (Talks on the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures)

Chögyam Trungpa

‘As long as you regard yourself or any part of your experience as the “dream come true,” then you are involved in self-deception. Self-deception seems always to depend on the dream world, because you would like to see what you have not yet seen, rather than what you are now seeing. You will not accept […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘When we include everything in our understanding, we are more cognizant of the intrinsic value of each thing, and we are more aware of the place each being or event has in relationship to us. We don’t exclude anything, recognizing that everything is already present. Accepting things as they are is predicated upon knowing that […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘If you want to be aware of yourself – what you are, who you are – you have to sit on the cushion in uprightness, in straightforwardness, in honesty. That attitude in life is called calmness, peace, tranquillity. It is not a static attitude, lacking in dynamic movement. This attitude includes both static and dynamic […]