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( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VIII ) A pair of other translations of the first lines of this passage. First, by Uchiyama Roshi … Both day and night, allow all things to come into and reside within your […]


As I was on my way to Kyoto this morning, i wrote the followings cheap poems: Books and ideas are far too serious Children and walks will show you the way All these words pointing at the ineffable snow on […]


Please join our weekly “Live from Treeleaf” Zazenkai meditation … We start with 3 floor prostrations (or deep Gassho), then chant the Heart Sutra in ENGLISH (see below), then sit about 40 minutes of Zazen, then 10 minutes of Kinhin, […]


( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VII ) Cheerfully accepting what one is handed … … yet sincerely and carefully doing one’s best to make it good **(Before the noon meal, the tenzo conducts a service in the kitchen […]

dewdrops are dancing on pampas grass and how the moon is sailing above them all!! Ryokan Farfrom being a distant and benevolent Boddhistava ,Kannon can be seen asthe dynamic radiance of stillness, it arises from the mudra ofnon-duality and shines […]

More of the Bodhisattva Virtue of Miraculous, Mystical Powers (bala) In the Tashintsû (Penetration of Other’s Minds) portion of the Shôbôgenzô, the subject is mental telepathy, one of the supernormal powers (abhijñâ)regularly said in Buddhist literature to be accessible to […]

Welcome to our Special “Live fromTreeleaf” Zazen marking the FIRST DAY (although really without beginning or end) of our Jukai (Undertaking the Precepts) Study and Preparations.  Please note the Rev. Taigu, who was supposed to lead things today, is sick […]

We now come to the Bodhisattva Virtue of  …. Miraculous, Mystical Powers (bala) Mahayana sutras and lore refer to a variety of supernatural powers developed through meditation and Buddhist practice, said of aid to the Bodhisattva … such as the […]

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – VI ) Waste not, want not … Everything always in its place … The reference to “high and low” places is from this Koan concerning GuishanLingyou (771-853) and his disciple Yangshan Huiji (807-883). […]

( Dogen’s Instructions for the Cook – V ) Getting up from the Zafu and down to work … Looking in to oneself and changing out … _____________________________ In the past, eminentmen in possession of the way practiced in this […]

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