Katagiri Roshi

‘The Avatamsaka Sutra explains that truth does not exist by itself, separate from phenomena, and phenomena do not exist separate from the truth. Truth and phenomena work together as one. If so, we have to think carefully and look deeply at the reality we live in. As a practical matter, we have to deal with a […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘You can change the structure of time and space. How? You have to manifest time and space that you don’t know within time and space that you do know. This is not only Zen practice – this is practice for everyone. Whatever you do, your body and mind must be flexible. Usually we attach to […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘What we call the conscious world is nothing but a provisional picture of the world produced by our dualistic minds. Is there anything wrong with our provisional pictures? I don’t think so. If we think the world is just something imaginary or provisional, it appears to have no value and we become pessimistic. But remember, […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘When you touch your real self, you experience deep communication between you and the object of your practice, whatever it is. Then you can accept something totally and deal with it straightforwardly without creating any gap. So keep your mouth shut, calm your mind, and just be present in the continuous stream of life energy. […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘Consciousness exists only within your living activity. So if you want to understand your human consciousness, you have to do something. That is Zen practice. You practice letting your body and mind go deeper and deeper, back down the twelve links of causation, just passing them by one by one, until finally, at the bottom […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘The human mind doesn’t have its own particular form; it is a state of being that appears only when you do something. That temporary state of being is based on interdependence with all sentient beings, so it is constantly moving and changing. That’s why any psychological explanation is very complicated. If you see that movement […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘Life is constantly springing up. It’s just like spring water coming out of the ground. You receive that energy before your human consciousness appears. That’s why Zen teaching talks about the world prior to the germination of any subtle ideas. In Zen practice we try to receive that energy with full awareness, appreciate it, and […]