Five Things I Learned from Dogen

By Brad Warner, author of Don’t Be a Jerk [Editor: Brad Warner’s recent book Don’t Be a Jerrk is “a radical and reverent paraphrasing” the classic Zen text the Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) by the thirteenth century master Dogen. Warner’s ‘modernization’ of Dongen’s work into plainspoken language...

Eat Sleep Sit by Kaoru Nonomura

Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple Kaoru Nonomura, Juliet Winters Carpenter (translator) Published in English by Kodansha, 2015 At the beginning of a successful career, the author decided to enter a Buddhist monastery. Putting everything else on hold, he entered the priestly training program...

NOLA Zazen

by Sven Davisson The Zendo near our house in Maine the sound of the han echoes off trees and hill and large rock where Gato-Roshi’s ashes lie. The songs of birds chattering and trilling to each other the mournful coo-ah coo of a pair of doves and the cutting...

Remind Me

by Sven Davisson Visiting Allen Ginsberg’s Beat snapshots at the National Gallery of Art an unanticipated sadness black crows circle out of mind grainy blackandwhite ghosts of my own childhood the skeleton of time reminds me hours spent discussing Shelley’s ‘Ode to the Westwind’ as breath machine Ozymandias and...