Dogen, Shobogenzo #26, MIRACLES

Tweeking the Nose: Ouch! So simple.

Tweeking the Nose: Ouch! So simple.

Guishan is the thirty-seventh ancestor, a direct descendant of Shakyamuni Buddha. He was a dharma heir of Bhaizhang, Zen Master Dazhi, Today buddha ancestors in the ten directions, even those who do not call themselves descendants of Guishan, are all in fact his remote descendant.

One day, while Guishan was lying down, Yangshan Huiji came to see him. Guishan turned to face the wall.

Yangshan said, “I am your student. Please don’t be formal.”

Guishan started to get up.

Yangshan rose to leave.

Guishan said, “Huiji.”

Yangshan returned.

Guishan said, “Let me tell you about my dream.”

Yangshan leaned forward to listen.

Guishan said simply, “Would you interpret my dream for me? I want to see how you do it.”

In response Yangshan brought a basin of water and a towel. Guishan washed his face and sat up.

Then Xiangyan came in.

Guishan said, “Huiji and I have been sharing miracles. This is no small matter.”

Xiangyan said, “I was next door I heard you.”

Guishan said to him, “Why don’t you try now?”

Xiangyan made a bowl of tea and brought it to him.

Guishan praised them, saying, “You two students surpass even Shariputra and Maudgalyayana with your marvelous activity!”


Master Myogen Has Died

Hello Monmouth Zen Circle Friends:

I will be coming down to Shrewsbury this weekend so that we can sit and practice together. I apologize for the late notice. I was away from 12.24-1.1 and had no access to the group list. It is the first full weekend in the New Year and I come the first full weekend of each and every month, barring Sandys…

Myogen Steve Stucky, the Abbot of the San Francisco Center died at his home peacefully, lovingly and surrounded by love at about 0710 EST Tuesday, 31 December 2013. He was suffering from Pancreatic Cancer. Let us dedicate our practice this weekend to helping Myogen crossover. Most likely he will help us.

I will tell a Zen story about the whole thing. So will you.

See you Friday evening at 7:30 PM for zazen and some discussion.

See you Saturday from 1000 AM until 5:00 PM.

Bring a bag lunch and something to share.

It is always more intimate to stay together during  our lunch break.

We will resume sitting at 1:15 PM.

We will have Dokusan in the afternoon.

I will give a Dharma Talk and we will share.

You are welcome to all or a portion of our festivities.

 For Myogen now in between: Good Passage, Bodhi Svaha, Kotatsu Roko


Letting go is love…



Suzuki-roshi on Sewing and Wearing Buddhist Robes and how it Relates to Our Practice

19 June. 1971 San Francisco Zen Center

Last Saturday I told you that. whatever religion you belong to, it doesn’t matter when you come to sit with us. That is because our way of sitting, of practice, is for you to become yourself. Katagiri Roshi always says, “to settle oneself on oneself.’ To be yourself. When you become you, yourself at that moment your practice includes everything. Whatever there is. it is a part of you. So you practice with Buddha. you practice with Bodhidharma and you practice with Jesus. You practice with everyone in the future or in past. That, is our practice- But when you do not become yourself, it doesn’t happen in that way.

So if you come here and sit with us, you’re not only sitting with us, but you are also sitting with everything, including animate and inanimate beings. Dogen Zenji said, if your practice doesn’t include everything, that is not real practice.