‘Baizhang said: “I want someone to go and tell something to Xitang.” Wufeng said: “I’ll go.” Baizhang said: “How will you speak to him?” Wufeng said: “I’ll wait until I see Xitang, then I’ll speak.” Baizhang said: “What will you say?” Wufeng said: When I come back, I’ll tell you.”‘ (Zen’s Chinese Heritage)  

The Nature Of Wind

Zachary leaned over at the end of Monday’s sitting on the Embarcadero and name-checked Master Baoche. The nature of wind has been permanent recently, and there is no place it has not reached. Overall, the weather has felt pretty exhausting this past couple of weeks. There have been days of solid rain, and days where […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘The Lotus Sutra says that all buddhas appear in this world for only one reason: to show us the true reality of all beings and allow us to live in accordance with that reality. This means we don’t know the true reality of all beings; we only know the forms (namarupa) seen by human eyes. […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Student: Docho Roshi, for my practice, I believe that the hardest and deepest teaching of Buddhism for all men is to know not to be attached to any thing. Can you explain why this is so? SR: Not to attach to any thing, we say. Why you asked this question is, you know, it is […]


Walking into the distance, traveling since your youth Crossing so many rivers, climbing so many peaks Until one day you find the road to your old home And finally you realize how long a trip it’s been.

So, Which Is It?

‘When my teacher, Soyen Shaku, was twenty-nine years old, he went to Ceylon, and stayed there for three years. On his way home, he took a steamer from Singapore to Siam. He was very poor, and barely had enough money to be a deck passenger. He was hungry, and suffered from thirst. Nobody knew the […]


‘A monk asked, “I am chaotically adrift and drowning; how can I get out of it?” The master just sat motionless. The monk said, “I’m asking you sincerely.” The master said, “Where are you ‘adrift and drowning’?”‘(The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu)