Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘It’s no surprise that what we put into our bodies reflects what’s in our heads… The real practice comes in how we handle body or mind states we’re not satisfied with – that don’t meet the requirements we have come to rely on in order to avoid more core beliefs about who we think we […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘Intelligent practice remembers that the value of practicing with the precepts lies not in how it measures our distance along the idealized path to enlightenment but rather how it helps us live in the everyday circumstances of our life. In the real life most of us live, we yell at our kids, we shout back […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘The value of working with this precept [the precept of not intoxicating, but cultivating a clear mind] is not to try to clear the clouds forever, but to come to an understanding that neither the clouds not a clear mind alone is the fullness of life.’ (Deep Hope) Here is a quote that somewhat typifies how […]

The Tenth Grave Precept

I vow not to disparage the Three Treasures. (Zen Center) Experience the intimacy of things. Do not defile the Three Treasures. (Zen Mountain Monastery) 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) — This precept has never […]

The Language of Ritual

As we approach the full moon, a final commentary from Dogen, this time on the ninth precept, ‘I vow not to harbour ill will’: ‘Not negative, not positive, neither real nor unreal. There is an ocean of illuminated clouds, and an ocean of bright clouds.’ Reading Enkyo O’Hara Roshi’s book,  Most Intimate,  she offered a […]

The Language of Ritual

The moon is waxing again. Dogen’s commentary on the eighth precept, ‘I vow not to be avaricious’: ‘One phrase, one verse, that is the ten thousand things and the one hundred grasses. One dharma, one realisation is all buddhas and ancestors, therefore, from the beginning, there has been no stinginess at all.’

The Language of Ritual

Continuing with Dogen’s commentary phrases for the grave precepts: the fourth precept, ‘I vow to refrain from false speech’. ‘The dharma wheel turns from the beginning. There is neither surplus nor lack. The sweet dew saturates all and harvests the truth.’