Buddhism Is Like Riding a Bicycle

Alex Kakuyo Sensei When I was a kid one of the proudest moments of my life was learning to ride a bike without training wheels. It was a rite of passage that showed that I was a “big kid” who was ready to not only hang out with the older kids in my neighborhood but…

Acknowledging Limitation

Niko Byoyo Sensei Recently, our group has been exploring the topic of realizing enlightenment through any means we have. As a group, humans tend towards the dramatic and glamorous so sometimes we think we will get to enlightenment by a grand gesture or event. I have been exploring the concept of enlightenment through acknowledging limitations over…

The Chickadee Path

by Renee Seiyo  “I see one on the branch. He sees me. He’ll come.” I said in a whisper with arms outstretched, palms up, and holding several sunflower seeds for the chickadees. That is the scene on the chickadee path. Everyone who walks this path knows this is the posture we take to have a chickadee land…

Compassion & Goodwill

by Dawn Chiyo Sensei.  “If you see the Buddha on the road, don’t kill him…give him dry socks.” I went out this week to get some used bowls at Goodwill.  Standing in front of me was a man who was buying a coat and some socks. He stood out because his hair and clothes were…

Buddhist Lessons from Screwtape

by William Seiyo Many people have read C.S Lewis’ “Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe.” But, how many have read his other works. You may know that Lewis was once an Atheist who became a Christian and wrote many books on that topic. My favorite book he wrote on the topic is“The Screwtape Letters.” This week…

Common Purple Lilacs

That one spring day when I smelled the sweet fragrance of the common purple lilac,* I became aware of myself in the world and the environment. Before that moment, I have only fuzzy fragments of memories—nursery class at the internment camp at Rohwer, Arkansas; Obon dance music; shaved ice; early morning breakfast in the mess…

Into the Dharma

by Toyo Teru Sensei Into the Dharma, we shall journey, like astronauts or a team of interdependent explorers that make their way through an abyss of un-explored continents, with uncharted rivers, and great divides of lands never traveled before. To me and many new members of the Dharma, we find ourselves delving into this unknown abyss of…

You Don’t Know Shit

by Richard Doyo “You don’t know shit”, stated the Afro-American woman sitting across from a novice therapist. The therapist had said he knew how she felt. He had been well- trained, which meant, in his day, he had been in long-term psychodynamic therapy for years, to make his unconscious conscious. To be an astute clinician…

The Purple Barn

by CJ Daiyo Sensei Once when I was ten years old, Dad took us out West and we drove across Kansas. It was as flat and uneventful as you might suspect, a vast sea of wheat as far as the eye could see. As the hours passed it seemed as though we were uncertain if…

This is a worthy moment

by Marilyn Chiyo   This is a worthy moment. I have rested with this mantra now for much of the past year. Its sound, spoken silently in my head, is so commonplace that the phrase is a companion of sorts. In the midst of those glorious moments, like last night listening to my daughter’s clear,…