Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was the founding teacher of the San Francisco Zen Center. His simple teachings have inspired many new dharma teachers such as Myogen Steve Stucky, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Wendy Johnson, and many others. My first experience at the San Francisco Zen Center was in 1972. I did a seven day sesshin there with […]

Imagination Shapes Reality

My first Zen teacher was Dainin Katagiri Roshi in 1972 when I did a 7 day sesshin (an intense period of meditation) at the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). In the 80’s, when I regularly attended Monday night sitting practice, my teacher was Myogen Steve Stucky. At the  SFZC in Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito […]

In Memory Of Myogen Steve Stucky

I just learned that Zen Master Myogen Steve Stucky passed away on December 31, 2013 – just a couple of days ago. He was a wonderful man and beloved teacher. In the 1980’s, I sat Zen meditation with him in his home in Mill Valley with many other devoted students. He will be deeply missed […]

Thanksgiving Day Reflections from Myogen Steve Stucky

These Thanksgiving day reflections from Myogen Steve Stucky were shared by OI brother Gary Gach. Little did he know that in 1987 and 1988, I used to attend Steve’s Monday evening sitting group in Mill Valley. I stopped coming the week after my father died. My knees were bothering me and I had a disappointing […]

Development Of Character

Suzuki Roshi was the founder of the Zen Center in San Francisco, Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, and the Tassajara Hot Springs monastery in Carmel Valley. Unfortunately for me, he died before my first Zen sesshin at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1972. Fortunately, he lives on through the excellent dharma teachers at the San […]

See The World In A Moment

Dainin Katagiri Roshi was a Soto Zen Master who died at the young age of 62 in 1990. This quote, “See The World In A Moment,” is from his treatment of time in the Zen tradition in his book, “Each Moment Is the Universe.” Katagiri Roshi was the leader of a sesshin (a Zen retreat […]

Zen Meditation Practices Instructions

I did my first Zen meditation sesshin in 1972 at the San Francisco Zen Center with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri Roshi. A sesshin is a seven to ten day intense immersion in Zen meditation practices with instructions. Every now and then, you get to have a face to face meeting, called dokusan, with the Zen […]

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