Rindo Fujimoto

‘I will now speak of the proper functioning of the mind during zazen. Beginners often ask me about their problems; however, it is very difficult for me to be of any help to them. Neither a short nor a complicated answer to peoples’ questions is really helpful. It is all right to ask me questions, […]

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 […]

Dogen

‘Thinking that practice and enlightenment are not one is no more than a view that is outside the Way. In buddha-dharma, practice and enlightenment are one and the same. Because it is the practice of enlightenment, a beginner’s wholehearted practice of the Way is exactly the totality of original enlightenment.’ (Bendowa) A good point to chew […]

Rupert Brooke

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,    Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth.  The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,    And sunset, and the colours of the earth.  These had seen movement, and heard music; known    Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;  Felt the quick stir […]

Lama Rod Owens

‘I gave meditation another shot after I began to work with a healer who explained that meditation would be the foundation of self-care that would help me to address not just my anger, but also the debilitating experience of depression that I was also connecting to. So I took practice seriously and took risks in […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘We are part of the universe, right? Even though we as human beings imagine ourselves as separate, we are part of the universe. Our actions, our efforts to understand, actually are the world. They are this universe trying to understand itself.’ (The Mountains and Waters Sutra) One of those statements where you follow the train of […]

Tara Brach

‘Compassion means to be with, feel with, suffer with. Classical Buddhist texts describe compassion as the quivering of the heart, a visceral tenderness in the face of suffering. In the Buddhist tradition, one who has realized the fullness of compassion and lives from compassion is called a bodhisattva. The bodhisattva’s path and teaching is that when we […]

Jenny Odell

‘I want to be clear that I’m not actually encouraging anyone to stop doing things completely. In fact I think that “doing nothing” – in the sense of refusing productivity and stopping to listen – entails an active process of listening that seeks out the effects of racial, environmental, and economic injustice and brings about […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘When just one person engages life with sincere giving and receiving… it has an affect on others. It has an effect whenever someone engages in actions that support others rather than only fulfilling their personal desires. Every time a person bears witness to the unfolding of conditions and events with patient equanimity, puts forth energy […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘Needless to say, dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. But if it is completely incomprehensible, we should not bother to talk about it at all. We have to understand, at least intellectually, why buddha-dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. Otherwise it becomes complete nonsense.’ (Commentary on Bendowa) I should probably stick this on-screen as […]