Tall Pines

Pine Trees. By Hasegawa Tohaku. (1539-1610), by Mike Shinyo One day in Germany, I watched some tall pine trees sway in the wind. These trees were very tall and strong. The wind was heavy toward the top of this hill that they stood on. It would seem that these strong trees could stand up to…

What is your song of gratitude?

Shaku Sayo Sensei A few days ago, a friend had asked me what do Buddhist recite, to say “thank you” to the Buddhas, Teachers and so forth. Basically, he wanted me to give him a recitation that is used for expressing gratitude. I thought for a moment. I have learned so many prayers and recitations…

Opening Buddha

by Ajita Choyo To glimpse the Dharma is to gleam the Buddha. I would like to look at the word “Buddha” as it appears cross-culturally. Those who follow the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism know the word “Buddha” to mean “the one who is awake” or “the enlightened one”. Buddha is awake to Absolute Truth/Reality….

For My Sensei

By Paul Toyo  In this adaptation of an ancient story, the teacher is compared to a host in his own house. The guests are those who are trying to study the Way. The guests are people who have never been in a house before and they only have vague ideas about what a house may be. Nevertheless,…

Look Deeply

by Ginny Parkum It’s early August in Harrisburg. At Wildwood Lake, the green sea of tall lotus plants are in full bloom, creamy yellow-white flowers following the sun as it crosses the blue sky, some leaves wrapped tight as sausages, most slowly waving like bright parasols over the murky water. These are real American lotus, Nelumbo lutea,…

Three Dharma Spots at Bright Dawn

by Dawn Chiyo I was very moved by my experience during the Bright Dawn Induction at the beginning of the week. So many amazing people — we had wonderful talks, meaningful discussions, great laughter, and poignant moments. I will remember it always. In addition, the land surrounding and supporting the center itself seemed like a…

Deep Listening as Practice

“listening is a very important understanding in Buddhism.  To hear connotes the “I”  hears, it is the ego subjective way of hearing but to listen is to be aware, to attend and has no tinge of ego in it.” Rev. Gyomay Kubose

 Birdiesattva

by Rob Kanyo Sensei We have four little birds in the house. I think I may have mentioned them before; a sun conure (a kind of colorful small parrot), two parakeets, and a cockatiel. The parakeets don’t really seem to pay much attention – or fundamentally care – about what is going on in the…

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…

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…

Cloud

by Andy Gyoyo Sensei My mother is an artist and sees the world through her unique perspective. She looks at seemingly disparate patterns and challenges us to see what she sees… “See that cloud? What do you see?” Quite frankly, I never see what she sees and often I see no pattern at all so…