Katagiri Roshi

‘In the realm of science, or business, literature, sports, the arts, or whatever you do, these is a way to touch eternity. That is spiritual practice. Doing something as spiritual practice is to invoke the life force energy deep in your own life and use it to grow your life. Growth gives you room to […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘We are Buddha. This is rather difficult to accept. So we say, Zen Buddhism is very easy to understand intellectually. It is not difficult to understand, but it is difficult to believe in it completely. We cannot accept ourselves as Buddha. This is very difficult point. But intellectually each one of us is Buddha. That […]

What Comes Alive?

After the rains, it has been clear and milder on the whole. I drove up to Wilbur on Friday, taking my time in the old van, under blue skies, with glimpses of snowy peaks off to the east, and a couple not far north of Wilbur as well. Just a month after the solstice, the […]

Dana Velden

‘A kitchen chore will often tether us to a place: the sink, the chopping board, the stove. This is a good thing. On the surface, this tethering may feel like a restriction but it’s actually really helpful to restrict our options sometimes. This is in part what seated meditation is all about: quieting the external […]

Terrance Hayes

American Sonnet For The New Year things got terribly ugly incredibly quickly things got ugly embarrassingly quickly actually things got ugly unbelievably quickly honestly things got ugly seemingly infrequently initially things got ugly ironically usually awfully carefully things got ugly unsuccessfully occasionally things got ugly mostly painstakingly quietly seemingly things got ugly beautifully infrequently things […]

Silvia Boorstein

‘Wise intention is what keeps our lives heading in the right direction. If I want to drive north to Seattle from my home in the Bay Area, I need to keep checking that the sun is setting on my left to be sure I’m heading in the right direction. The practice of wise intention is […]

Multimedia Extravaganza!

Sometime last year I decided to send some money WordPress’ way so that I could host audio on the site. I know some people click over to the audio page, though the stats don’t tell me if anyone actually listens to any of the talks there. Should you need some encouragement, I have added recordings […]

angel Kyodo williams

‘The question is: how do we allow people to be deeply in touch with themselves, and allow them to become deeply in touch with others? They have to cultivate their capacity for presence. Presence is Grand Central Station and the place people arrive from wherever they’ve originally come from – fear, anger, disappointment, anxiety. Through […]


A monk asked, “What is the mind that the Patriarch brought from the west?” The master said, “This chair leg is.” The monk said, “That’s it, isn’t it?” The master said, “If it is, take it away with you.”‘(The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu) Another one falls into grasping.

Sharon Salzberg

‘When we feel conflicted about a particular decision or action, our bodies often hold the answer – if we take the time to stop and tune in. Our minds tend to race ahead into the future or replay the past, but our bodies are always in the present moment. A tightness in the chest or […]