Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

Kodo Sawaki said, “You lack peace of mind because you’re running after an idea of total peace of mind. That’s backwards. Be attentive to your mind in each moment, no matter how unpeaceful it might seem to be. Great peace of mind is realized only in the practice within this unpeaceful mind. Real peace of […]

Objective Reality and Stubbed Toes

Objective Reality and Stubbed Toes

In an essay called “The Mountains and Waters Sutra” (Sansuigyo), Dogen says, “ways of seeing … water differ according to the type of being: There are (heavenly) beings which see what we call water as a string of pearls… Demons see water as raging flames, and see it as pus and blood. Dragons and fish see water […]

Boys Be Ambitious!

Boys Be Ambitious!

Here’s another one from the mail bag: Dear Brad, Since sitting more regularly I have noticed I am absolutely plagued by “if only’s!” And, thinking back, pretty much always have been. Mine revolve around my drive and ambition; if only I had any! I recently listened to a series of talks by the neuroscientist and […]

Happy to Be Here

Happy to Be Here

Here’s a question I got on the Internets: I´ve been doing Zazen for about 9 months now. I also stopped drinking around the same time because I felt it really affected my practice in a bad way. Since committing to this practice I’ve gradually, among other things, started to enjoy my alone time again. As […]

Practicing Without a Sangha

Practicing Without a Sangha

I got an email and it went something like this: “I spent the last little while practicing with a sangha at a fairly large Zen temple, but recently I’ve had to move several hours away to help run my family’s farm in a rural area. What is your advice about practicing with minimal support or […]