W.S. Merwin

The quiet morning has a few cloud friends that are gone when I look for them again in this one summer to which I have come after everything that I remember what can I call it before it has gone it does not hear me and does not know me it passes without seeing I […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘Doubt is essential to actualizing understanding. Truly productive doubt must bring us to a point in which we drop our intellect and enter the realm of actualization. Before we can attain a mental state of spontaneous response, we may need to wander in the fields of intellectual investigation… People learn in different ways, but however […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘When you pay attention to real reality, you see that human knowledge exists right in the middle of change – there is nothing to get a hold of. So finally, human knowledge is empty. But that emptiness is not merely empty; something is moving in there. That something moving is mind itself. Mind doesn’t have […]

Red Pine

‘None of the things that fill our lives is by itself false. It is only our conceptualization and attachment that make them false. Meanwhile, the perfection of wisdom transforms these obstacles into aids to enlightenment… Buddha likened his teachings to a raft, and told Subhuti to let go of all teachings, all dharmas as well […]

East Wind, West Wind

I was thinking of Hongzhi’s phrase ‘like spring arising in everything’ as the title for this post while I was driving up to Wilbur on Friday. The sky was mostly optimistic blue with bright clouds, there was a sense of burgeoning, with the luminous greens of the hills, and, in the Capay Valley, not just […]

Kodo Sawaki

‘Heaven and earth make offerings. Air, water, plants, animals, and human beings make offerings. All things make offerings to each other. It’s only within this circle of offering that we can live. Whether we appreciate this or not, it’s true. Without demanding, “Give it to me!” we make and receive offerings. The world in which […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘Dogen’s purpose here is to confuse us, to deconstruct our ready-made fixed views. He’s not trying to offer another fixed view; he’s trying to destroy our views, our clinging to our conditioned narrow views. That’s how we become released from our fixed perspective. Still we can say this is merely Dogen’s view He doesn’t say […]