What does it mean to say that realizing Buddha-mind is also arriving at the place of not knowing? Nyogen Roshi marshals Dogen’s words on not knowing and Maezumi Roshi’s teaching on undivided activity to clarify the point for us. “Bring yourself back from the fantasy in your head,” Nyogen Roshi says. “To where? The only […]
Our three-month summer training period ended with a week of dramatic events: Shosan (public exchanges between Nyogen Roshi and individual students), Tea Ceremony (when the koan that our shuso or head trainee has been working on is made public) and Shuso Hossen (an elaborate ritual that allows the shuso or head trainee to demonstrate his […]
A review of Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui translated by J.C. Cleary.
Vimalakirti said, “It’s like this: the high plateau does not produce lotus flowers; it is the mire of the low swamplands that produces these flowers…”
You would think that the discovery of potentially habitable planets orbiting a nearby star would excite an astronomer. Bob Berman—a columnist for Astronomy magazine, the astronomy editor of the Old Farmers Almanac and the author of ten popular books—was unimpressed…
In this Dharma talk which he gave shortly after he returned from a hiking adventure to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kelly Doman Stevens Sensei recounts the rewards and challenges of his transforming experience. “It was vast, desolate and awe-inspiring,” he says of the landscape around Mount Everest. “But I wouldn’t call it pretty exactly.” […]
Hazy Moon member Ralph Shikan Levinson recently published his first novel, a Chan-themed adventure story for children. In Aidan and the Dragon Girl Save the World, 11-year-old Aidan Alvarado receives the key to his grandfather’s wondrous study and a student membership in the League of Dream Detectives…