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…

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…

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…

Being Distracted

By Clarence Ratliff   For the last two weeks I’ve tried to think of a topic for my Dharma glimpse, only to come up empty at every turn. Until Tuesday morning that is. I spent all that time looking, and then it just hit me. Quite literally in fact. I was on my way to…

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…

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…