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.”
A brief biography, description of the training at Bukkokuji Temple, and personal memories of Roshi (Zen Master) Harada Tangen by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede
Remembrances of Harada Tangen Roshi by four past RZC students: Wes Borden, Jonathan Sheldon, Shirley (Somyo) Helvey, and Dharman (Shindo) Stortz