Zen
Early Evening Algebra
Early Evening Algebra

  Early Evening Algebra The madwoman went marking X’s With a piece of school chalk On the backs of unsuspecting Hand-holding, homebound couples. It was winter. It was dark already. One could not see her face Bundled up as she was and furtive. She went as if wind-swept, as if crow-winged. The chalk must have […]

Peter Muryo Matthiessen Roshi
Peter Muryo Matthiessen Roshi

  Peter Muryo Matthiessen died two days ago. As a Zen teacher he embodied the tradition of teacher, artist, adventurer/warrior.   He was a renowned and prolific author and Zen teacher. He was modest, well mannered and kind. In the interview linked below he says he did not want to speak or write about Zen […]

Direction
Direction

  A student asked Master Joshu for instruction in finding the way. Joshu said, “East, West, North, South.”   Though Joshu was a great master, he was, of course, completely lost. When questioned he couldn’t find his way. His ignorance could fill volumes. These volumes could be called “A Complete Guide to the Way”. What a […]

This Life
This Life

    To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening. Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas…… Eihei Dogen – Genjokoan   To choose this life, your life- isn’t this the greatest act of courage? What else is there […]

Body and Soul
Body and Soul

  If only, if only …….. dead. The way of Zen is genuine and whole hearted. Do not pretend to know what you don’t. Do not pretend to be who you are not. Be yourself. Be one with yourself. Make your life, your practice, real. Now step forth with your whole body and soul. To […]

The Score
The Score

  “Well,” he said with equanimity, “you see, in my opinion there is no point at all in talking about music. I never talk about music. What reply, then, was I to make to your very able and just remarks? You were perfectly right in all you said. But, you see, I am a musician, […]

Finding The Buddha
Finding The Buddha

        The phrase “forget the self” is a wonderful pointer. Forget your age, gender, history – forget your story. As soon as you forget the self you will find the mind that is not in time and space. It is right there. It is as simple as that. No need to complicate […]

Throughout Christmas
Throughout Christmas

All living things are in complete realization of the Way It is not possible to depart from the Way even for a moment This is true throughout time and space An iris cannot become more or less of an iris A hawk cannot fly beyond its home Even a rock participates in enlightenment completely The […]

The Answer
The Answer

  Withered in winter in a single color world the sound of wind                                                   Basho                                Clearly, this […]

Get Rid of It
Get Rid of It

          Whatever it is lets get rid of it OK? Ideas, fears, politics, boredom, religion, philosophy, science, buddhas, gods, logic, attraction, aversion, dharma, practice, your age, height, weight, gender. Your history, your present, your future. I guess you might say at that point you are in a place of nonduality. Just […]

The Preaching of the Insentient
The Preaching of the Insentient

  The adepts of old spoke of staying up all night listening to the preaching of the insentient. What did they mean? How and what can rocks and rain teach? They can. In fact the insentient is both direct and eloquent. But to hear the insentient requires that you listen very closely. Then: All night long […]

Mind Is Buddha
Mind Is Buddha

  When the Buddhas and ancestors of the past achieved realization they saw that their own mind was Buddha. All that was necessary was to drop the concepts of what mind was and to look at  mind itself. They saw: That there was nothing outside it. That there was no separation in or from it. […]

Nowhere Else But Here
Nowhere Else But Here

    This composition refers to the Blue Cliff Record Koan  ”Wonderful Snowflakes They Fall Nowhere Else But Here.”  Please treat this piece like a koan. Listen carefully and  I believe it will to draw you into a state of  intimacy with the snowflakes and where they are.               […]

Just Live
Just Live

            When you live just live When you die just die photo by: j-dub1980(THANK YOU FOR 100k+ Views)

Travelers
Travelers

    This is a piece I composed and played. It is Zen composition: a painting of us, the travelers, the transient, the moment. Zen arts have traditionally  been rooted in Eastern vehicles: tea ceremony, brush painting, haiku, archery.  We can now make the Zen arts our own. We can express them in our own […]

Knowing
Knowing

    Knowledge is what you know Being is what you are The adept learns to be whatever the situation calls for Manifesting the flexibility of a willow or the tenacity of a tiger This ability is gained by cultivating a profound lack of knowledge about who she is            

Parting the Grasses
Parting the Grasses

  The subject of Lost Coin’s yearly gathering and practice/retreat is “Parting the Autumn Grasses.” To understand these grasses is a wonderful practice. What are these grasses? They are delusion, they are obstructions, the barriers that prevent us from seeing what is real. Like a person sitting on the ground in a field of high […]

Dew Drop World
Dew Drop World

This dewdrop world is but a dewdrop world and yet… Issa This post is for Eyowyn and all of us photo by: photophilde

Clear and Undisguised
Clear and Undisguised

The way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess. Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things When acceptance and rejection are both absent everything become clear and undisguised Verses on Faith in Mind Seng Ts’an […]

Ones Own Eyes
Ones Own Eyes

      The self confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability and calls that humbleness in his own eyes. The average man is hooked to his fellow man, while the […]

The Practice of Reality
The Practice of Reality

  The koan asks you to pick something up without moving your hands. The teacher shows you how its done but he moves his hands. You point out that he is moving his hands. He says, “moving your hands is a concept’. Words that describe this underlying reality.” He moves his hands again.     […]

The Quiet World
The Quiet World

  If you are looking for a place to rest, Cold Mountain is a good place to stay. The breeze flowing through the dark pines Sounds better the closer you come. And under the trees a white-haired man Mumbles over his Taoist texts. Ten years now he hasn’t gone home; He has even forgotten the […]

Miles Smiles
Miles Smiles

    The Pointer: This interviewer is clearly a deaf man talking. How could he possibly play music? The Koan: An interviewer talking to Miles Davis referred to the music Miles played as Jazz. Miles said, “Don’t call it Jazz that makes you think of black people, it makes it a stereotype – just call it […]

The Dharma Tongue
The Dharma Tongue

  This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama In our practice we learn to appreciate the distinguishing marks of the Dharma. They are sometimes formulated as non-duality, transience and no […]