Thursday, August 22, 2019

Buddhist Protest of Inhumane Treatment of Migrant Children

Powerful experience to be a part of this action to bring attention to the issues and policy around incarcerating undocumented and unaccompanied children in U.S. Concentration Camps.  By bringing the grave history of U.S. internment of Indigenous peoples and Americans of Japanese ancestory at the Ft. Sill Army Base in Lawton OK we hoped to change the plan to move children there.  And we succeeded!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Death Poems of two Zen Masters

The practice of zen practitioners writing death poems was the topic during the afternoon discussion yesterday while on zen retreat at Woodburn Hill Farm.

Here is the death poem of Zen Master Keizan which was read during the Zazenkai tea.

"This peaceful rice-field that one has cultivated by oneself, however often one has gone to sell or buy (rice) is as a virgin land.  Young sprouts and spiritual seeds, infinitely, ripen and shed (their leaves).  Ascending the Dharma Hall,  I see men holding a hoe in their hands."  Then throwing away his brush,  Zen Master Keizan passed away.


Inryu recalled the beautiful death poem of a former Abbot at the San Francisco Zen Center, Abbot Myogen Steve Stucky.

Here is Myogen Steve Stucky's death poem, which was placed on the altar in the room with his body when he passed in December 2013.

This human body truly is the entire cosmos
Each breath of mine, is equally one of yours, my darling
This tender abiding in "my" life
Is the fierce glowing fire of inner earth
Linking with all pre-phenomena
Flashing to the distant horizon
From "right here now" to "just this"
Now the horizon itself
Drops away--


Many Zen priests follow a form of writing death poems such as this, sometimes even with regularity throughout their lives.

In Gassho,
Inryu Sensei

Monday, December 31, 2018

Ox Herding "Sitting on the Veranda"

In Inryu's Sutra Copying Book "Points to Watch in Zazen"

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Departure today going East to West for Tassajara 2016 Practice Period

Departure today going East to West for the Tassajara 2016 Fall Practice Period.  May the rains arrive and the fires subside allowing the way of Zen to blossom and grow in America (now and always).

Monday, February 29, 2016

Shuso Entering Ceremony February 18th, 2016

My Shuso Entering Ceremony with Dairyu Michael Wenger officiating
I'm wearing the white japanese style socks

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bobbi's Seven Dragons Mosaic completed October 2015

This is a piece that I have been working on for a number of years.  It is called “Bobbi’s Seven Dragons”.  The first image is the piece before it has been grouted.  The second is the post grout in the afternoon sunlight.  The third and forth photos are of the detail without light shining through (while grout is still wet)  of the turtle in the lower left corner and the rat in the lower right.  Other elements that are easier to discern without light coming through are a spider on a web, a dragonfly, a bee, a pelican, a stylized pre-columbian lion/puma and the back of my body as I sit zazen.  I used auto glass, art glass, tile, broken crystal, tile, river stone and an ocean blue grout.

I’m very happy with how it turned out.