Here's a little excerpt from a talk by Katagiri Roshi:Even though you have a custom of seeing this total situation in terms of your view point, practically, please be flexible, magnanimous.  Take a deep breath right in the middle of confusion.Don't see this situation only from your own point of view, your own self-grasping.  In your everyday life, please be right in the Universe.  If you see this situation of being in the Universe in terms of your understanding only, your life becomes rigid … [Read more...]

The Stuart Davis Show – Episode 6 This video clip contains considerable profanity and sexually explicit material. Thank you for zipping this to me, you know who! And Happy Thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

John Lee Hooker – It Serves Me Right to Suffer … [Read more...]

Straight Up From Dogen’s Extensive Record

179. Dharma Discourse[Dogen] said:  The World-Honored One said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions disappears.”Teacher Wuzu of Mount Fayan said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions crashes together resounding everywhere.” Zen Master Yuanwu Keqin of Jiashan said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, in all space in the ten directions flowers are added on to bro … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan – Most of the Time (FULL VERSION) … [Read more...]

The Moon in a Drop of Water

Question: I read this in a book by Wolinsky. What if so-called trauma is ongoing for us if we unconsciously compare what we are getting now—in the world—to stillness or essence? In other words, we expect perfection of “prior to form” in the world of forms…without knowing it, we keep hurting ourselves because it doesn’t exist in our view of the formed world. Well, unless you have one foot in stillness. So, perhaps everyone around us, and ourself, is coming up short due to this unconscious comparis … [Read more...]

Pancho and Lefty by Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan for something completely different - a Great old Townes Van Zandt song. … [Read more...]


Above is our doggie Bodhi doing some leaping through the field. And below is a provisional translation of the third line of the Genjokoan:Since the buddha way intrinsically leaps from abundance and deficiency, there is arising and perishing, delusion and realization, living beings and buddhas.The issue here may not be so much about transcendence or immanence (as I suggested in the last post about this line a week ago) but about leaping intrinsically from every flipping thing. It's about living a … [Read more...]

Zazen: Basic Shapes

Here are some more questions about zazen that come from comments to the last post. I welcome addressing these issues because zazen is the heart of Soto Zen – and I love Soto Zen.Before I get started, I want to acknowledge that I’m addressing the issues as best I can from my experience and using traditional sources soemtimes to clarify or amplify. I don’t suggest that you believe what I’m saying or the source. I suggest you focus on verifying the truth of the buddhadharma. Being of whatever assist … [Read more...]