Sekkei Harada

‘All human problems, as well as the problems of the universe, come from ways of thinking based on the assumption of the existence of a person or a self. Not understanding something, as well as wondering what will happen in the future, are also ways of thinking predicated upon the existence of a person or […]

angel Kyodo williams

‘Well, I think it’s actually uncomfortable un-knowing ourselves. [laughs] It is this willingness to keep being willing to come undone — to do what we can to understand the world around us and how we operate and what is impacting who we are and how we are, and to allow that to keep coming undone. […]

Kenneth Folk

‘For some people, the enhanced focus and creativity that often comes from training the mind through meditation might translate into Getting Shit Done. For others, greater intimacy with their bodies and the inner workings of their minds might result in Getting Less Shit Done as they reconsider what is most important in their lives… Using […]

The Dharma Seat

I am grateful for all the teaching opportunities I have right now – and also for the fact that many of them are paid opportunities. I am not struggling  for money in the way I have been for just about all the time since I left Zen Center. And I am aware that nothing is […]

Kobun Chino

‘We experience some kind of dying in sitting, which relates with what’s true and what’s not true. What’s not true dies, so we suffer. We wish to hang on to the self which we believe exists. The contents of what “I” means, or the pieces of the idea of the self are consistent, but when […]

Rindo Fujimoto

‘I will now speak of the proper functioning of the mind during zazen. Beginners often ask me about their problems; however, it is very difficult for me to be of any help to them. Neither a short nor a complicated answer to peoples’ questions is really helpful. It is all right to ask me questions, […]

Issho Fujita

‘Buddhism teaches that we human beings cannot be fully satisfied after all, however hard we strive for it. I think that is the true meaning of the word dukkha in Sanskrit which is the first truth of Four Noble Truths. This word is often translated as “suffering” but it should be understood as a description […]


‘Thinking that practice and enlightenment are not one is no more than a view that is outside the Way. In buddha-dharma, practice and enlightenment are one and the same. Because it is the practice of enlightenment, a beginner’s wholehearted practice of the Way is exactly the totality of original enlightenment.’ (Bendowa) A good point to chew […]

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 […]