‘For years, because of my upbringing, I wanted others to see me as being perfect, so that’s the story I created. To myself, it’s not so pretty, as there’s no way to live up to personal expectations of perfectionism without inevitably being let down. In this way, Zen practice was triggering for my perfectionist tendencies. […]

Gesshin Claire Greenwood

‘When I really looked into justice, when I really began examining how transformation of society is made possible, it became clear to me that love had to be a part of that transformation. Reading bell hooks helped. She was the first person I ever read who spoke about ending racial injustice and compassion in the […]

angel Kyodo williams

‘My work is to actually liberate myself from the ways in which I’m kept from my own heart. This is not a conversation about, “Oh, I should be liberated from that so that I don’t see you in a particular way because that’s bad for you.” This is a conversation about, “I want to be […]

Jenny Odell

‘The point of doing nothing, as I define it, isn’t to return to work refreshed and ready to be more productive, but rather to question what we currently perceive to be productive.’ (How To Do Nothing) It was interesting to start reading this book at Wilbur recently ( where I carry out my best regular […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘This is what practice teaches us – always question, and never look for the answers. Just let them come forth and reveal themselves to us.’ (Deep Hope) To which I would only add, don’t expect the answer to remain the same each time. I read in this excerpt a strong echo of something I have posted […]

Karen Shoji Robbie

‘I learned this koan off by heart. Allowing it to seep into my skin and bones. Repeating the word ordinary like a mantra again and again. Asking the question, ‘What is it?’ again and again. Stopping and starting and not knowing what to do. The whole thing not doing anything. Not knowing anything but trusting […]

The Growing Days

It was one of the people who came to volunteer in the Zen Center kitchen when I was tenzo who really got me to notice the asymmetric qualities of daylight after the winter solstice – and now I can’t unsee it. The afternoons get longer before the mornings do, although now that we are closer to the […]

Sekkei Harada

‘When we don’t understand, we simply don’t understand. But we have been taught to think that there must be nothing that we don’t understand, so we make every effort to understand. To truly understand, however, is to really know for ourselves that not understanding is not understanding. Until we understand in this way, our understanding […]

This Land Is Our Land/You And The Land Are One

I will leave this as another mash-up, as I find no conclusions coming to mind. Three articles from the New Yorker, three continents, three ways of looking at the land we all inhabit, and which we must continue to inhabit: ‘“How do we feed the nine billion?” Fiennes said. “We feed them through functioning ecosystems.” “A […]