Wash the Dishes to Wash the Dishes

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi is famous for his quote from Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, “Wash the dishes to wash the dishes” – see 6 Mindfulness Practices For The Holidays. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says the same thing: “If while washing dishes we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us… then we are […]

Gratitude as a Daily Practice

I first met Zenju Earthlyn Manuel at an event sponsored by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship around 2006 or 2007. I was impressed with her lovely demeanor, and want to get to know here better. She is no longer the director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and I keep encountering writings from her from time to […]

What We Should Teach Our Children

Alan Watts was and amazingly gifted philosopher, lecturer and writer. He is famous bringing the philosophies of Eastern religions to Western Audiences. He was especially fond of Shunyru Suzuki Roshi and Zen practice. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, he lived in a houseboat in Sausalito and in a cabin on Mount Tamalpais, both near my […]

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 […]

What Is Meditation? What is Zen?

Myōgen Steve Stücky, the late central abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, answers, “What is meditation?” for us in this video. He also talks about, “What is Tassajara?” and “What is Zen?”It was filmed last summer at Tassajara. In the video Steve explains: Zazen is to settle into ‘now’ – right here, right now. And, […]

Lonely Travelers

As of today, October 5, 2013, all three of my children are away from their homes. Micah, who lives in New York is in Ashland, Oregon at the Shakespeare Festival. This is something he has been doing since his days at Stanford University. Rachael is visiting her college friend in San Diego, California, where she […]

Freedom From Knowing

I interviewed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on May 26, 2011. Earlier that month, I had completed my job as an expert witness and software development engineer for the Technical Committee of the Department of Justice monitoring Microsoft’s compliance with the settlement agreement. The contract began in 2004 and was to be only six weeks! It […]

Comments On The Bodhisattva Vows

Yesterday, I presented the Vows of the Bodhisattvas in two versions. One of the versions was from the San Francisco Zen Center and their founder, Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It goes like this: Beings are numberless. I vow to awaken with them. Delusions are inexhaustible. I vow to end them. Dharma gates are boundless. […]

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 […]