Buddha’s Enlightenment: A Single Body is Revealed

Note: This is the fourth of five post based on talks from Rohatsu 2014. Students (Brian, Ryan, Erik, and Vera-Ellen – thank you!) transcribed them and I edited. The final one will be posted here soon. Click here for the first part:  “The Root of Zen.” Here for the second: “Sitting Through it All.” And here for the third: "Not Clear About the Self."---------For Zen practice, it is vital to become a zazen person and establish your seat firmly, just as the Buddha did. As Keizan says, “…sitti … [Read more...]

The Life of a Dog: Dragging a Stick Horizontally Through a Vertical World

This morning I came across pictures of Bodhi trying to thread a stick horizontally through a world of vertical obstacles. Sound familiar? I remember taking the pictures about a month ago. The determined Bodhi struggled through about fifty yards of undergrowth in this manner. At first I laughed at him ... and then encouraged him to drop the stick - but he was steadfast. After "Drop!" didn't save him, I related with his predicament and just stayed with him. He finally dropped the stick when he … [Read more...]