Entries by Gemmon Casimir Ostyn

The leaves keep falling

In a sutra, Buddha says: To practice the Way is to put right all that has been upset. To put right all that has been upset, that can be difficult. When he awakened, Shakyamuni Buddha said to himself: “My fellow human beings are not going to accept my teaching because their mind is upside down”, […]

It’s by practicing that we understand

Someone asked Master Dôgen: – Why do say that zazen is the great gate that cannot be by-passed? For a person considered as one of the greatest philosophers of mankind, Master Dôgen gives an unexpected answer: – I say that zazen is the grate gate that cannot be by-passed because my master before me said […]

The finger pointing at the Moon

To study the Way, to practice the Way, is to study oneself. To study oneself is to forget oneself. To forget oneself is to become one with all beings. To practice the Way is to forget oneself. To study the Way is not to study in the academic way, in books. To study is to […]

The greatest danger is to be afraid

The greatest danger is to be afraid. Our answer to fear is to try to anticipate. We want to know beforehand, we want tomorrow to be certain. And so we keep thinking, we keep thinking… We think about polishing weapons. We think about building walls. We think about making shields. We want to know the […]

Because we are life, we practice life

Master Nangaku – this story took place in China – saw his disciple Baso practice zazen with deep conviction. So he said to him: ‘But what are you actually trying to do?’ The disciple answered: ‘I’m trying to become a Buddha’. So Master Nangaku took a tile and started to rub it. The disciple Baso […]