Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

‘When the journey of finding home takes ancestral homelessness into account, we begin to understand the need for sanctuary in a new way. The hunger for home is deeply layered. When seeking a vision of being healed, multi-generational displacement motivates within some of us a desire for our indigenous lands of origin, or to create […]

Old Leaves and New Frames

Despite just landing back in my regular life in San Francisco, I was looking forward to getting away to Wilbur for a weekend. For the first time in several visits, I did not having anything scheduled on Friday morning, and having already picked up the car from my generous benefactors, I was free to leave […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So you may ask, ‘What is the real teaching of Buddha?’ If you don’t understand it you will keep asking, ‘What is it? What is it? What does it mean?’ You are just seeking for something you can understand. We don’t exist in that way. Dogen Zenji says, ‘There is no bird who flies knowing […]

Gesshin Greenwood

‘In the Zen tradition especially, there is a lot of emphasis places on “not thinking.” In Fukanzazengi (Universal Instructions for Zazen) Dogen Zenji wrote, “Think of not thinking. How do you think of not thinking? Non-thinking. This in itself is the essential art of zazen.” Most teachers of Zen, in Japan at least, will tell […]


‘Communing with the source, travel the pathways, embrace the territory and treasure the road. ‘ (Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi) This couplet has been on my mind recently – perhaps because of all the travel I have been doing. It is, of course, not really about geography, any more than Dogen’s ‘why leave behind the […]

Perfection of Wisdom Sutra

‘Toward all beings maintain unbiased thoughts and speak unbiased words. Toward all beings give birth to thoughts and words of kindness instead of anger, compassion instead of harm, joy instead of jealousy, equanimity instead of prejudice, humility instead of arrogance, sincerity instead of deceit, compromise instead of stubbornness, assistance instead of avoidance, liberation instead of […]

Frank Ostaseski

‘We often confuse acceptance with approval. Acceptance is a loving act of an open heart. Approval is generally tied up with judgment. Our hunger for approval is partly why we are so easily hooked by the critic. We try to fend off unworthiness by seeking our value from external authorities whose voices we long ago […]

Kobun Chino

‘There are many contemplative practices: Moonlight sitting, sunlight sitting, snow sitting, rain sitting. Whatever nature’s condition is, you sit in it and find out both what it is and what is yourself.’ (Embracing Mind) I noted this one as a great quote for Roaming Zen – though it would be better to substitute fog for snow […]


‘The Reality that these teachings are pointing toward is not hidden, or secret, or far away. You cannot earn it, deserve it, or figure it out. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight.’ (The Way of Liberation) Alongside this wonderful expression, I also recently copied a quote, although from where I cannot […]