Keizan Jokin

Zazen Yojinki (Full Text)

“When we are listening and thinking, the various views have not been put to rest and the mind is still running over. Therefore other activities are like being outside of the gate. Zazen alone brings everything to rest and, flowing freely, reaches everywhere. So zazen is like returning home and sitting in peace.” – Keizan… Continue reading Zazen Yojinki (Full Text)

Japanese Texts, Texts, The Masters

The Genjo-koan (Part 1)

The Genjo-koan, whose name can be translated as ‘Realizing the Heart of the Matter’, is one of the key chapters in Master Dogen’s voluminous Shobogenzo. The Genjo-koan cuts to the heart of Dogen’s teaching and presents us with the fundamental tenets of Zen practice as well as an account of its distinct phenomenology. This version… Continue reading The Genjo-koan (Part 1)

Chinese Poetry, The Masters

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi

Within a tradition already rich with sublime poetry, the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi stands out as one of the most profound and beautiful verses to come out of 9th century China. The poem is attributed to master Dongshan Liangjie (known as Tozan Ryokai in Japan), who was the founder of the Caodong tradition… Continue reading Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi

Book Bits

Counting Cats in Zanzibar: Why We Should Travel

Lao Tzu said, ‘The further one travels, the less one knows,’ a sentiment echoed by Stephen Dunn in his poem Tangier: that there is no salvation in elsewhere but rather in the immediacy of our very own doorsteps. However, could the depletion of knowledge also be a kind of positive opening to the world in which… Continue reading Counting Cats in Zanzibar: Why We Should Travel