Norman Fischer

‘The “joy” in joyful effort is crucial. It implies… a rising mind, a happy and easeful mind, a sense of humor, even when things aren’t going well. The word effort sounds like a task, a chore. But joyful effort is almost no effort at all. It’s effortless effort – effort without strain or pressuer, just doing […]

Brooke Astor

I am old and I have had more than my share of good and bad: I’ve had love and sorrow, seen sudden death, been left alone, of love bereft. I thought I’d never love again and felt my life was grief and pain. Twixt life and death the edge was thin, then I discovered discipline: […]

Dale S. Wright

‘Seeing all things wisely, as “empty” of their “own-being,” the bodhisattva begins to live differently in the world. Based on the vision that this perspective enables, this new way of living absorbs energy from the surrounding world and transmits quantities of energy that can be absorbed by others. Wisdom empowers that ability, in part by […]


‘The power of trust is to be fooled by the self and have nowhere to escape. It is to be called by someone else and turn your head around. It is to be just here from birth to old age…  The power of effort is to speak of what action cannot express, to act what […]

Sekkei Harada

‘There are many forms of practice that may look like Zen practice, but the practice of the Way of Buddha is nothing other than knowing that, essentially, we are not deluded. If you want to get rid of delusion, or think that your present condition is not so good, and therefore want to transform yourself […]

The Holy Hallway

Today is the day when Zen Center commemorates the death of Suzuki Roshi, forty-eight years ago now. The story of his dying, and the timing of it (on the first day of the Rohatsu sesshin)  is told often enough. I picture him lying in the room that is now the kaisando, the room that all temples have where the […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘Common sense tells us that water is in a river, ocean, lake, or bowl, and that it comes out when we tip the bowl. Dogen says that wherever water goes, that place becomes a river; where water stays becomes a lake; where water becomes large and rests becomes an ocean. There is no ocean, river […]