An article by Shozan on the nature of the absolute.
Shozan explains why the true essence of Buddhism is not an -ism.
Beginning instruction in zazen (Zen sitting meditation), including posture, breathing, and hand position.
A teaching by Roshi from 1969 on the concept of “home.”
From a talk given by Roshi in 1974 at Cimarron Zen Center in Los Angeles on the topic of beginning Zen practice (philosophy, not sitting instruction).
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;From T.S. Eliot’s Four Quarters; Contributed by Gregg Onewein
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
What is religion and how does it relate to Zen? Shozan addresses this question in this article.
What is Entsuan selling? Nothing! So what does Zen have to offer?
Watching the moon
I knew myself completely:
no part left out.
Poem by Izumi Shikibu (974-1034) from The Enlightened Heart, Stephen Mitchell (Ed.), Harper & Row ,1989.
Meditation on a poem by Izumi Shibuku about looking at the moon.
The birds have vanished down the sky Now the last cloud drains away. We sit together the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.
(translated by Sam Hamill)
Poem by Li Po.