Sacred Space

by Shirleen Soyo What makes a space sacred? Religious use? Blessings? Dedication? Perhaps it’s just a flip of a mind switch. The words about sacred space in Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambala this week spoke to me. I thought, “What if every space was sacred? Home? Everywhere would be filled with peace, unconditional love, and fun. Causes and conditions this past week allowed…

Dharma Rain

by Mark Kayo    At my job, rain halts our work and creates a welcomed break. We all congregate in a maintenance building until it passes, or in cases where it looks like it will stick around for a while, we are sent home. Last week, while sitting at work watching the rain fall, I…

Offering to the Buddhas

Christopher Kakuyo Sensei  In his commentary of the Tan Butsu Ge or the Song of the Buddha; a section from the Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra, Gyomay Sensei writes, “ Ku Yo, of offering is a very important virtue in the Buddha’s Way…Ku Yo is done in relation to someone who is more worthy than oneself…to do Ku…

Gratitude

by Seiyo Thomas Sensei Gratitude has always been a shortcoming of mine.  Recently, however, this has begun to change slowly.  With this in mind, I have started to have thoughts of things that I need to be grateful for as I travel on my current path. Shakyamuni Buddha tells a story of how lucky one…

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…