Six Senses

by William Toyo Sensei Most all my adult life I have relied on my senses as a chef, and working in the food industry, wine industry, and now the olive oil industry. My mother being a great cook and having a degree in food science made an impression on me at a young age. While…

Naturalness

by Doug Kuyo Sensei In the essay “Naturalness,” in his book “Everyday Suchness,” Reverend Gyomay Kubose says “if we are as we are, we live as we are without pretending, without superficiality.” There is a lot of wildlife on the island where we live. To those of us who have mainly lived in the city…

The Soundless Piano 

by Dave Nichiyo Sensei The other day my seven year old son, Conal, asked me to come and look at something in the dining room. “Watch this,” he said, standing at the piano with a big smile. He proceeded to press five keys, one at a time, all the way down without making a sound. “That’s…

BODHISATTVA & BUDDHAS

by Tamu Hoyo Sensei, My eldest son and I volunteered at the community Organic Garden that one of my local friends championed. We were there to pluck up the thick over growth and prepare a neglected plot for future use. Afterwards we stopped by the grocery store to fill up on  reverse osmosis water and…

The Buddha Has no Voice

by Levi Shinyo Sensei, I’m an avid reader, both fiction or nonfiction. And ever since I was young I’ve had an enormous imagination, one which I’ve been lucky enough to retain in part as I’ve aged. Ever since I was able to read by myself I’ve been able to create vivid movies and scenes in…

invisible cemetery

  by Michelle Jouyo Sensei My husband and I love to hike. It is one of our favorite activities, and we enjoy finding new places to explore. Several years ago, we decided to go hiking at a trail called Rock Springs Run inside  Park. As we were hiking, we came out of a pine hammock…

Ignorance and Greed

by Morris Seiyo Sensei In the essay, “A Stone,” in Rev. Koyo Kubose’s Everyday Suchness, there is this passage: A wise and alert person is not deceived. Those who are gullible or greedy are easily deceived. When I read this passage, it reminded me of a teaching I once accidentally received as a result of…

Gratitude

by Seiyo Thomas DeMann 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…

Starling

By Marilyn Chiyo Robinson   I will confess to you that I have a history of difficulty holding my hands together in gassho.  To gassho, by putting the palms of both hands together in front of one’s heart, is the highest form of respect symbolizing Oneness.  For me, the gesture never felt authentic, like I…

Acknowledging Limitation

Niko Byoyo Burkhardt 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…

An Incense Offering

Dharma Glimpse – Rob Kanyo Mican   An incense offering is a very simple thing. It’s a very simple procedure. Approach the incense burner. As you stand a few steps in front of it, bow. Step forward. Take a pinch of granulated incense in your right hand and gently sprinkle it across the smouldering charcoal….

Out of work bodhisattvas

Dharma Glimpse – C. Kakuyo Leibow Lately I have been thinking of all the out of work Bodhisattvas wandering around smiling with signs saying, “ Will Gladly Share Merit” as people shuffle by with their heads down, some saying, “No thanks, I don’t need any.”  Others just pointing at the goody two shoes, laughing at…