Being in the Moment

When the wind blows through the bamboo grove, the trunks clatter against one another. When it has passed, the grove is quiet once more. (16th century Chinese, from Village Zendo)



It is in this way that we must train ourselves: by liberation of the self through love. We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis, take our stand upon it, store it up, and thoroughly set it going. -The Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya […]

Rain drops

rain drops coming down sitting in the the not knowing the incense smells sweet

Hokusai Says by Roger Keyes

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice. He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing. He says Look Forward to getting old. He says keep changing. You just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it […]

Sitting in Solidarity at the Wisconsin Capitol

The yoga studio or mediation hall is not the most appropriate place for political debate. However, these practices have great tools to offer and can serve as a message of peace as we navigate political upheaval. Yoga and meditation can teach us to stay grounded when the ground feels groundless. The practice can teach […]

A monk once asked Basho

A Monk once asked Basho: “What is the essence of your practice?” Basho replied: “Whatever is needed.”

The migrating bird

The migrating bird leaves no trace behind and does not need a guide. -Dogen


Sitting together

Sitting together, We gaze at the moon, With tears, with laughter, Each moment, just as it is, Flawless, complete.

-from the Village Zendo card

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. -Dogen […]


The way of the Buddha is to know yourself; To know yourself is to forget yourself; To forget yourself is to be awakened by all things. ~Dogen, Genjo Koan […]