Konda Mason

‘The more I practice, the more I see that my liberation is right here, within myself. My lack of liberation is right here. There are a lot of things that can help in society, but my being trapped is inside myself. What mindfulness has done is show me where I’m tripping myself up. It shows […]

Issho Fujita

‘Buddhism teaches that we human beings cannot be fully satisfied after all, however hard we strive for it. I think that is the true meaning of the word dukkha in Sanskrit which is the first truth of Four Noble Truths. This word is often translated as “suffering” but it should be understood as a description […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Buddha’s practice goes first. Our practice goes. We say, “our practice,” but it is actually Buddha’s practice. We should know this point. This is the key point of our practice. I don’t know how many people want to practice zazen, but as long as their practice [is] involving personal practice, it is not true practice. […]

Menzan Zuiho

‘The one-mind which manifests either as thought (unen) or no-thought (munen) must be something which is beyond these conditions. It must be the light which illuminates everywhere and is never clouded. As soon as you become clearly aware of this light, you will be released from the limitation of delusory thoughts, and the buddha’s wisdom […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘When we are sitting, we do not follow our thoughts, nor do we stop them.  We just let them come and go freely.  We cannot call it thinking because the thoughts are not grasped.  If we simply peruse our thoughts, it is just thinking; it is not zazen.  We cannot call zazen not-thinking either, because […]

Tara Brach

‘There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. With even a glimmer of that possibility, joy rushes in.’ (Radical Acceptance) This feels like one of those statements that someone might scratch their head and wonder how it could possibly happen, and an experience practitioner will nod their […]

Koun Ejo

‘To inhale or to exhale, to listen or to touch, being without thoughts and discrimination is nothing other than the tranquil illumination of the Light in which body and mind are one.  Therefore, when someone calls, you answer.  This is the Light in which ordinary people and sages, the deluded and the enlightened, are one’ […]

Kodo Sawaki

‘This here and now cannot be imitated. So create the present from your true self, the one which pours out unceasingly, free and unhindered, without thoughts, without mind – hishiryo. However, through illusion and discrimination, some people imitate last year, and the years before, and run their life with old calendars.’ I do like this […]

Sekkei Harada

‘All human problems, as well as the problems of the universe, come from ways of thinking based on the assumption of the existence of a person or a self. Not understanding something, as well as wondering what will happen in the future, are also ways of thinking predicated upon the existence of a person or […]