Koan commentary. How can we convey the teaching beyond words and letters… in words? Once, when the World-Honored One in ancient times was upon Vulture Peak, he held up a flower before the assembly of monks. At this all were silent. The Venerable Kashyapa alone broke into a smile. The World-Honored One said, “I have…
We have, perhaps, a little veto power over what feelings impel us to do, but the idea of some rational decision maker who’s in charge seems to be a fiction of the mind.
A vintage koan commentary by the Center’s founder, the late Roshi Philip Kapleau. Mumonkan number 14: Nansen kills the cat The Case Once the monks of the Western and Eastern Halls were arguing about a cat. Nansen, holding up the cat, said, “You monks! If you can say a word of Zen, I will…
Searching for solidarity: when technology helps more than it hurts.
A gender-questioning member finds warm support in a private online group.
“Both painting and sitting require a willingness to stay in one place for hours.” An interview with Dave Dorsey.
A few rounds with a new sitting group trigger a maddening case of Zen snob stink.
The First Buddhist Precept — to resolve not to kill — sounds deceptively simple, and yet it can be a lifelong koan.
Commentary by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhed on the Blue Cliff Record Koan No. 48: “Turning Over the Teakettle.”
Thank you for all of the work that you did for the Tangen Roshi issue of Zen Bow. I have just two comments on Bodhin’s very well written section. One is that a few readers could erroneously get the impression that there is often only one samu (work) period at Bukkokuji, when in reality there…
A brief biography, description of the training at Bukkokuji Temple, and personal memories of Roshi (Zen Master) Harada Tangen by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede