Seasons changing, Winter is here. Past is gone, future is not here. Attempting a measure of life’s seasons. Going within and reflecting, As these feelings appear Before me each New Year. What yardstick can measure the depths of being? Deeper than any construct could measure. Winter is here. Can’t change yesterday and tomorrow, who knows! As I am gazing into the […]
This Sunday November 29, 2015 at our normal Sunday Evening Zazen and once a month thereafter we will chant the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. The sixteen bodhisattva precepts are a set of vows of ethical conduct taken many times in a Zen practitioner’s life. They derive originally from the vinaya, monastic vows taken on ordination during the […]
Both Sufism and Zen inform my spirituality. You can read more in my BIO. This essay, “Sufism & Zen” posted by James Ishmael Ford in www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind, is taken from a collection of Nyogen Senzaki Sensei’s lectures and writings which was published in Japan in 1936 as ON ZEN MEDITATION by the Rinzai priest Nanshin Okamoto. It describes the […]
Not going, not coming, rooted, deep and still. not reaching out, not reaching in, just resting, at the center. The single jewel, the flawless crystal drop, in the blaze of its brilliance, the way beyond. — Shih Te From the Cold Mountain Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te and Wang Fan-chih, translated by J.P. Seaton.
Question: What do you mean by Ordinary Zen? Answer: We are so busy chasing after what we think is important to us that we miss out on how very extraordinarily beautiful ordinary life is! When I first began my practice, I was fortunate to spend time with the Korean Zen Master Gosung Shin. He was ordinary, yet […]