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…

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…

Life Cycle of a Rock

by Ken Kenyo The word “Cycle,” refers to a process that repeats itself. Rocks change their state and composition throughout time. This cycle repeats itself in the vast scales of geologic time. Rocks begin deep in the Earth as a molten liquid material called magma. This magma may be pushed to the Earth’s surface through…

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…

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,…

Buddhist Traveler

by Toyo Teru  I am a traveler of sorts. I have traveled through myself. I have traveled across many pages of books. I have traveled the endless sky as I lay on my back gazing upward at a perfect sky. I have traveled in the memories of yore. I have traveled with many of whom have…

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…

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…