Hi, it’s been quite a while since i posted a blog. I have had several big changes in my life. The main one is stepping down from the guiding teacher … Continue reading Goldstein’s mindfulness, “Ardency”
Bodhidharma’s Outline of Practice
Bodhidharma lived in the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally thought of as the man who brought Buddhism to China and is called the First Ancestor in China. The … Continue reading Bodhidharma’s Outline of Practice
Intention and Vow, New Years
For the past many years, Clouds in Water starts the New Years off with an Intention and Vow Workshop. It was my answer to the failure, year after year, of … Continue reading Intention and Vow, New Years
Three modes of Reality
Over the holidays, I recited the Lankavatara Sutra. This sutra is often said to expound the hallmark of the Zen school and very important in Early Zen in China. It … Continue reading Three modes of Reality
Beyond Constructions of Time #4
This blog is about the section in the Gate, Gate, mantra which says: going beyond constructions of time. In the past few years, I have practiced a lot on breaking … Continue reading Beyond Constructions of Time #4
Wherever you are, enlightenment is there
Hashimoto Roshi, one of Katagiri Roshi’s teachers, said: The way we (Japanese) cook is to prepare each ingredient separately. Rice is here and pickles are over there. But when you … Continue reading Wherever you are, enlightenment is there
“Karma” has been a word that has been usurped by our society. Everyone uses that word, Buddhist and non-buddhist alike, but how terribly misunderstood that word is. We have just … Continue reading Vital Creativity
Entrusting yourself to the Waves.
One of my favorite Ryokan poems: To find the dharma Drift east and west, Come and go, Entrusting yourself to the waves. Entrustment — to put into the care of and … Continue reading Entrusting yourself to the Waves.
Grace in Buddhism
I often search for a long time to find how certain Judeo-Christian terms translate to Buddhism. When I find a pathway of translation, I’m quite excited. I have long looked … Continue reading Grace in Buddhism