Sylvia Boorstein

‘Since everything is change happening, there is no one who owns the changes and no one to whom the changes are happening. We are verbs, not nouns, experiences unfolding, stories telling themselves as sequels to other stories.’ (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Tara Brach

‘Even when it’s hard to appreciate goodness in someone, we can send lovingkindness anyway. At first we might feel fake or irritated; our good wishes may feel hollow or flat. But if we can regard those feelings with kindness and continue the practice, a surprising thing happens. By simply offering care, our care begins to wake […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘Each moment is a fresh moment that we can enact to the best of our ability. Each moment is another birth of continuous practice. This is living being-time. This is the shared being-time between ourselves and all beings. Again, this is not abstract. It must be enacted while we wait in line at the supermarket […]

Tea And Biscuits Zen

The invitation from the Dancing Mountains group was to come and sit shoulder to shoulder with them, and that’s what I did over the weekend. I had a split night of sleep on Thursday (and again on Friday), and started the day with a rush hour tube train through central London. After that, things got […]

Sunday Poem

The moon outside my window Is usually the same moon, But as soon as there are plum flowers It becomes a different moon. (from Zenrin Kushu – ‘parallel seven-character phrases’ section of koan capping phrases)

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘Freedom from the boundaries of the self rings true joy.’ (Deep Hope) Before I went to England, I stopped in at the bookstore to pick up some incense that Djinn in Belfast had asked for. Arlene, who you will know if you have spent time at Zen Center over the years, and who is the embodiment […]

The Mind of Jet-Lag

In the days before I left for England, I was waking up so early that it felt like I was getting my jet-lag in ahead of time. On Tuesday morning, I basically woke up in the middle of the night, and realised that I still hadn’t checked in for my flight, so I did that, […]