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…

Little Feathered Buddhas

by CJ Daiyo Sensei Here in the South winters are mild but even here during this time of year the overnight low frequently dips below freezing and there are long stretches lows in the mid forties. People from New York or Chicago would laugh at our idea of cold and in fact many birds who…

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…

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…

Peaceful Heart

by Richard Doyo    The Peaceful heart…what is so hard about this? Daily, moment to moment we go about killing one another with words, apathy, bullets of course, hurtful thoughts, and the list could on and on. If something, is so good, why is it so difficult to reach? As Buddhist, we must set the example…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…