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 […]

Soko Morinaga

‘Where there are one thousand human beings, within one thousand ways of living, one thousand buddhas are revealed. Buddha is revealed through mountains, valleys, trees, and grasses, through the multitiude of phenomena. The heart that can be revered in whatever form we see, in whatever direction we look, this is the true heart of Buddhism. […]

Kaira Jewel Lingo

‘Making happiness central to spiritual life is only self-serving if we see ourselves as separate from others. But in fact, we are inextricably interconnected with those in our lives. When we practice to bring genuine happiness to ourselves, we naturally become someone others want to be around—we are fresh, relaxed, and available because of our […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘Just as we immediately become a thief when we steal something, when we sit following Buddha’s example our zazen itself is Buddha.’ (Foreword to the Commentary on the Song of Awakening) Shohaku is channeling his dharma grandfather Kodo Sawaki here, as well as Dogen, as he makes a distinction between the Yogacara understanding and the […]