The Cherry Blossom’s Shade

“In the cherry blossom’s shade

there’s no such thing

as a stranger.”

Kobayashi Issa, Zen priest and poet, (1763 – 1827)

“When I am intimate with life, the whole world is my lover. Love is our practice.” Ingen.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Bodhisattva

Even if the sun were to rise from the west, the Bodhisattva has only one way.” Suzuki Roshi.

“Suzuki Roshi goes on to say the Bodhisattva’s way is to express in each moment our true nature and our sincerity. And the idea is we do this no matter what happens, we never separate ourselves from our true nature nor from our sincerity, even if the sun were to rise in the west, or even if it’s New Year’s Day.” Ingen.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized



To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point, we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.”

“The quote is of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It is a reminder that ‘Buddhism’ is not really an ‘ism’, not an ideology or belief system, but a taking care of our everyday life.”


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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


Love’s Doorway

“Love’s doorway to life is the same doorway everywhere.”

“This quote is from the wonderful poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.

It reminds me that no matter where I am the door to life is open, and that is love.”


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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


A Challenge

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

“This quote is attributed to the great Hindu spiritual and political leader, Mahatma Ghandi.

I find it a worthy challenge and a reminder to me to make way for what is most vital in me and to manifest the change I want to see.



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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Way of Practice

I live to perfect my practice.”

“This quote is from Kurosawa’s masterpiece ‘The Seven Samurai’ and it speaks to my heart.

To me, practice is what life is about.

Simply returning to our own true nature is the practice of Zen.

My desire is to bring that practice into every aspect of my life.”


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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Intro