‘We’re all so skilled at discerning how we’re different, but we don’t know enough yet about how we’re all the same.’ (Deep Hope) I have been finding this book full of pithy and uplifting aphorisms such as this one, and I know I will return to it often.
‘One great thing absorbed from Zen training in the monastery is the ability to transparently become what is happening right now. Not the idea of what is happening. But to meet what is happening and merge with it. In this merging with what is happening, it is as if our body in space dissolves into […]
The weather was just about perfect for the roam on Sunday, with clear skies and warm sun. There was a sense, sitting on Bernal Heights looking down over the city, that this was the last of the fine weather that has characterised the last couple of months in San Francisco. Out of the sun the […]
‘In sense perception psychology, it is taught that the scope of what we can perceive is quite limited. For example, people are able to perceive sounds anywhere between a vibration frequency of 20 per second on the low end to 20,000 vibrations per second on the high end. We are not able to perceive sound […]
‘The great thing about embodied practice is that to do it, all you have to do is be there, get curious, and the rest will happen on its own.’ (from the Pop Up Zendo blog)
‘Don’t you see how Master Te-shan used to haul out his staff the moment he saw monks enter his gate, and chase them out? When Master Mu-chou saw monks come through his gate, he would say, “The issue is at hand; I ought to give you a thrashing!” How about the rest? The general run […]
The Way of the Ancestors coming from the West I transmit to the East. Yearning for the ancient ways, Catching the moon, cultivating the clouds, Untouched by worldly dust fluttering about— Thatched hut, snowy evening, deep mountain.