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 protecting someone or something. That is from the dictionary. Is there, in Buddhism, someone or something to entrust yourself with? Well, certainly it is not … Continue reading Entrusting yourself to the Waves.
You cannot describe it or draw it You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which To put the Original Face; It will not disappear even When the universe is destroyed. — Mumon As I have been studying the Bendowa and particularly, this past month, the Jijuyu Zanmai, … Continue reading The Original Face
We often see our lives as full of impediments or hindrances. When we look at our life in a linear way and with a progression of development, what we most notice is what gets in the way of that development. We worry about these blocks, we fight all of our obstacles and wish for them … Continue reading Be a white ox in the open field.
Quotes from Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, page 27 “To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment” This quote seems to support what we have been studying in Dogen’s Being-time. Our small being attaches to the appearance of life, to linear progressive time, to … Continue reading Losing our balance in a background of perfect harmony
“What do we trust in?” is a pinnacle spiritual question. In order to surrender, or let go of control by our so-called mind and “I”, we have to trust in something. What is it that we surrender to? I’ve noticed in my teaching life, that when I ask people about trust, often I hit on … Continue reading What do we trust in?
In practice, we are always dealing with the tone and depth of our awareness. First, of course, is the question: are we aware of what’s going on at all? In the beginning, this requires quite a bit of effort to bring the mind to the present. We need to have reminders everywhere and different types … Continue reading Right Effort and Letting Go