Leaving Home, Attaining The Way

I was offering the zazen instruction at Zen Center last Saturday for the first time in a while, and as I was running through some of the things I often say, I remembered that I was coming up to the tenth anniversary of my shukke tokudo, which, like other important ceremonies, had taken place in the Buddha Hall, […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘You don’t know how vast the human world is. Even if you touch it, you don’t know. Human consciousness always tries to know, but fortunately or unfortunately there’s nothing to know. Unfortunately means, the more you try to know it conceptually, the more you cannot know it. Fortunately means, you can train your six consciousnesses […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘When you pay attention to real reality, you see that human knowledge exists right in the middle of change – there is nothing to get a hold of. So finally, human knowledge is empty. But that emptiness is not merely empty; something is moving in there. That something moving is mind itself. Mind doesn’t have […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘In the realm of science, or business, literature, sports, the arts, or whatever you do, these is a way to touch eternity. That is spiritual practice. Doing something as spiritual practice is to invoke the life force energy deep in your own life and use it to grow your life. Growth gives you room to […]

Katagiri Roshi

‘In Buddhist history the word silence corresponds to right view: seeing impermanence, the truth that everything is appearing, disappearing, and changing from moment to moment. Impermanence is not something you see objectively – it is something you taste directly. Then impermanence makes you silent, because impermanence is very quiet. That silence connects you with a deep […]

What I Think About When I Am Running

Since I had a lot of free time over the Christmas and New Year period, I had anticipated getting a lot of exercise – of course it did not turn out like that. First of all I spent a couple of days at a friend’s house, with neither bike nor running shoes, and the weather […]