Dogen

‘Students cannot gain enlightenment simply because they retain their preconceptions. Without knowing who taught them these things, they consider the mind to be thought and perceptions, and do not believe it when they are told that the mind is plants and trees. They think of the Buddha as having marvelous distinguishing marks, with radiance shining […]

Reb Anderson

‘When we are set free from the way we sign and package the world, we are also free from believing in that packaging. For example, some people look across the room and say, “Those are my friends,” and other people look across the room and say, “Those are my enemies,” and both of them think […]

angel Kyodo williams

‘You, just as you are, and your life right here and right now, are all there is and all you need to know. You don’t have to do anything special. Mostly, you have to be open to meeting face-to-face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now. You have to […]

Jenny Allen

Breathing in, I wash the dishes,Aware of their usefulness in holdingNourishing meals that have sustained my family for many years.I wonder why it is always, always me doing the dishesBy myself,And whether, interconnected as all human beings are,This may be the one exception.Breathing out, I release my feelings into the universe, ever hopeful that someone, […]

Issho Fujita

‘We, as ordinary human beings, are always seeking for something that will give us self satisfaction. In the Japanese Buddhist tradition, this way of being is called “bonpu.” It literally means “an ordinary person.” It is so difficult for us as bonpu to become relaxed or restful because we are constantly seeking for something. This […]

Gesshin Greenwood

‘The only good advice I ever got about zazen or Zen practice in general is: “It takes time.” I never wanted to believe this, but I think it’s the only advice that anyone gives that is actually true. You just have to sit for a long time, for many years, and then wisdom and trust […]

Lama Rod Owens

‘When we reflect on the Buddha, we are reflecting on an example of a being who modeled a particular path of enlightenment based on the premise that we can train the mind to let go of delusion and embrace clarity. When we reflect on the dharma, we reflect on the teachings of the Buddha as […]

Blanche Hartman

‘You can use whatever metaphor comes up for you that will help you spot an unskillful thought and drop it. I had an image once of myself moving a piano and putting it down on my foot. Well, if you don’t want the piano on your foot, don’t put it there. Find whatever kind of […]

Qingyuan

‘A monk asked Qingyuan, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”Qingyuan said, “It’s just like this!”The monk asked further, “What do you have to teach these days?”Qingyuan said, “Come closer.”The monk moved closer.Qingyuan said, “Keep this in mind.” (Shinji Shobogenzo) What did the monk miss here?

Equinox

I can’t say that I am used to Kansas weather, but I understand that September is one of the best months to visit – for the same reasons as that is usually true in San Francisco: warm sunny days, with just a hint of the changing seasons ahead.  Of course this year, nothing is quite […]