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  • Painting by William Segal, "Self Portrait in a Yellow Hat"

    A Double Life

    I will be spending this Saturday in a workshop at a local Zendo, so it seems appropriate to blog something else about William Segal, a student of Gurdjieff, and later D.T. Suzuki. …

  • Nara Toshodaiji, Priest Ganjin, Hollow dry-lacquer, Nara period, 8th century

    Desire As Action

    In the autumn of 742, an emissary invited Jianzhen to travel to Japan to give lectures on Buddhism. Despite protests from his disciples, Jianzhen made preparations for his first voyage. The crossing…

  • Harriet Hoctor as human question mark, 1920’s

    Two Worlds

    Walking down Cecil Street on my way to work this morning, my mind is scattered like old newspapers in the November wind. […]

  • Submission

    Sitting here, I come up against something, Perhaps it is a desire to change my state, or for things to be different. I try to bring the question, “Who am I?” It…

  • My Experience with Writing and Zen

    I was sitting with a zen monk and I couldn’t stop looking out the window in front of me. “Why are you looking out the window,” he asked, “concentrate on your posture.”…

  • The Narrow Road to the Interior (Basho 1644 – 1694)

    The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is…