In Solitude

by Mike Manyo Sensei I sit in solitude and silence. That is until our little dog barks or someone cranks up a lawn mower for a little while to cut their grass. I hear the water from a fountain next door as it runs all day. The sun shines then hides behind clouds. It gets…

We’re like grass

Dharma Glimpse – Noah Ma-yo Rasheda I’m at the airport waiting to board my flight to San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong. This week was pretty hectic as I tried to get everything done at the office and at home in order to be ready for my trip. I will be gone for…

Who Am I: Who is the Self?

by Linda Sensei Last week we worked on Koan’s addressing non-attachment. The quote I used was “the strongest attachment of all is the attachment to one’s self”. In meditation, the following came up addressing this. Initially I called it “Ode to broken Bones” but it really addresses the question- “Who is the Self”. Aug 1st…

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…

Astigmatism and Monet 

by Edi Kiyo Sensei When I was very young, before I knew how little I would ever understand of this vast universe, of life itself, I thought the street lights at night were soft and beautiful.  I loved the fuzzy blossom-like headlights of the on- coming traffic, or the red fluffy pom-poms glowing on the tail lights of the cars we were following.  When going downtown 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…

Starling

By Marilyn Chiyo   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 was…

An Incense Offering

Dharma Glimpse – Rob Kanyo Sensei   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…

Mind of Embracing All Things – Haya Akegarasu

Translated by Gyoko Saito and Joan Sweany Reading an early passage of the Kegon Sutra, I came across a poem by the Ho-E Bodhisattva which made me want to cry out, “How wonderful!” Here it is: Be free from subject and object, Get away from dirtiness and cleanness, Sometimes entangled and sometimes not, I forget all…