Shohaku Okumura

‘We are part of the universe, right? Even though we as human beings imagine ourselves as separate, we are part of the universe. Our actions, our efforts to understand, actually are the world. They are this universe trying to understand itself.’ (The Mountains and Waters Sutra) One of those statements where you follow the train of […]

Jenny Odell

‘I want to be clear that I’m not actually encouraging anyone to stop doing things completely. In fact I think that “doing nothing” – in the sense of refusing productivity and stopping to listen – entails an active process of listening that seeks out the effects of racial, environmental, and economic injustice and brings about […]

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

‘When just one person engages life with sincere giving and receiving… it has an affect on others. It has an effect whenever someone engages in actions that support others rather than only fulfilling their personal desires. Every time a person bears witness to the unfolding of conditions and events with patient equanimity, puts forth energy […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘Needless to say, dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. But if it is completely incomprehensible, we should not bother to talk about it at all. We have to understand, at least intellectually, why buddha-dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. Otherwise it becomes complete nonsense.’ (Commentary on Bendowa) I should probably stick this on-screen as […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Student L [Katherine Thanas]: Docho Roshi: When does my life express the Dharma and when does it not? SR: When it does not? There is no time when it doesn’t. It always expresses the Dharma. Student L [Katherine Thanas]: But sometimes better than others? SR: Don’t think in that way. Always expressing. You are always […]

This Moment

We have tipped into the second half of the year now, and locally, we had a shift in the weather to go with it: from fog and wind last week, to warm clear skies – and wind – this. Sometimes the wind feels exhausting, especially on a bike, but the sense of movement it signifies […]

Kosho Uchiyama

‘ I think there is a time when one settles down in faith and never doubts anymore. What does this mean? According to our common sense, we firmly believe that our own thought is absolutely correct and the only measure of all things. But instead we settle ourselves in this fait, and never doubt that […]

Norman Fischer

‘We’re only human. But we’re also more. We’re by nature aspirational beings. Our imaginations are unlimited. We can’t be satisfied simply with the world as it appears. Presented with that, we will do what we have always done – distract and destroy. We will be deeply, narcissistically, self-protective and dissatisfied, and out of that uncomfortable […]

Rev angel Kyodo williams

‘The dharma that I would come to taught me everything I already knew about life – that it is indeed suffering, and the path of liberation is paved with pain and joy but always near when you know you’re just looking to return to you and have to leave the home of Me behind. Enter […]

Dai-o Kokushi

There is a reality even prior to heaven and earth; Indeed, it has no form, much less a name; Eyes fail to see it; It has no voice for ears to detect; To call it Mind or Buddha violates its nature, For it then becomes like a visionary flower in the air; It is not […]