Tao-ch’uan

Walking into the distance, traveling since your youth Crossing so many rivers, climbing so many peaks Until one day you find the road to your old home And finally you realize how long a trip it’s been.

So, Which Is It?

‘When my teacher, Soyen Shaku, was twenty-nine years old, he went to Ceylon, and stayed there for three years. On his way home, he took a steamer from Singapore to Siam. He was very poor, and barely had enough money to be a deck passenger. He was hungry, and suffered from thirst. Nobody knew the […]

Joshu

‘A monk asked, “I am chaotically adrift and drowning; how can I get out of it?” The master just sat motionless. The monk said, “I’m asking you sincerely.” The master said, “Where are you ‘adrift and drowning’?”‘(The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu)

Kobun Chino

‘If you say that you can only take care of what’s inside of your skin, and what’s outside of your skin is someone else’s problem, that doesn’t work. Your external body, limitlessly opened, is the larger part of your body, actually. The inside of your skin is a very small part. It’s a landmark, where […]

Rain and Rainbows

I don’t mind the quirks of the calendar that have me going up to Wilbur only a couple of weekends after my previous visit – except for having to lean on my friends and benefactors more regularly for use of a car… Looking at the forecast for the weekend, I packed for the rain rather […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘How can we determine if we are in the present moment? There is no fixed criterion to measure this because it is never hidden or revealed. At any moment, the present moment is the present moment without fail. Therefore, in our lives, the present moment is the present moment anytime and anywhere. However, if we […]

Han-shan

Now I have a single robe, Not made of gauze or of figured silk. Do you know what colour it is? Not crimson, nor purple either. Summer days I wear it as a cloak, In winter it serves as a quilt. Summer and winter in turn I use it; Year after year, only this.