Sitting under the olive tree

This Monday lunchtime, Zachary and I will be sitting on the Embarcadero, as we try to do every week. I will be coming by bike and taking the cushions away on a trailer borrowed from the Bicycle Coalition, as I have done a few times. Looking back, I noticed that this week marks the one-year […]

Losing Another Friend

While I was at Tassajara, news came through of Jordan’s decline. He had been battling cancer for a while, and had given a number of dharma talks on the subject. Recently, he had been given the all-clear, as he discussed in his most recent talk. And then it came back with a vengeance – he […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘Buddha put emphasis on being considerate to others before anything else. Why? Others are entirely identical with oneself. Oneself is entirely identical with others. You must be considerate to all sentient beings as if all sentient beings were within yourself. Do not kill all beings by judging others’ feelings by your own. If all sentient […]

Samantabhadra’s Ten Vows

To venerate all buddhas To praise all tathagatas To make offerings to all as Buddha To confess misdeeds of the past To rejoice in the happiness of others To request that buddhas dwell in this world To request dharma teaching To study the dharma in order to teach To live for the benefit of others […]

Expounding the Dharma

‘To expound the dharma with this body is foremost. The virtue returns to the ocean of reality. It is unfathomable; we just accept it with respect and gratitude.’ (Dogen’s Commentary on the Tenth Grave Precept) The weather has turned warmer again in the Bay Area, which always gladdens my heart. For a few days, it looked […]

Now Hear The Shuso

The first of the season’s shuso ceremonies took place at City Center last Saturday afternoon. Allison was up on the seat, answering questions, being honestly herself, and being asked by the former shusos, in their congratulatory statements, to take in how much she was loved by everybody. As always, it was nice to put on my […]

The Friends We Lose

On the way to Jikoji last Sunday, with Tova and Rosalie, I heard that Jana had died. It is natural that within any extended community, there will be loss. Just thinking this, names come to mind of residents who have died since I first went to Zen Center: Hal Papps, Idilio Ceniceros, Jerome Petersen, Lou […]