Entries by Gemmon Casimir Ostyn

The Way of the Heart

or how to become a true human being Our social life is governed by codes: codes of good behaviour, codes of decency, codes of politeness… The important thing is to live out these codes with a sincere, open, pure heart. The form must be in accordance with the substance. You can’t come with a big […]


When the disciple asks the master: – How could you describe Zen practice in a few words? The master replies: – Careful! – Please, explain a little better! – Careful! – Couldn’t you say a little more? – Careful! Here and now, be careful with your posture, be careful with your breathing, be careful with […]

Before the words arise

Nature is continuously teaching but we don’t always hear its teaching. The song of the cuckoo reminds us to return urgently to our true nature, to our true home.   We are the children of ultimate reality, the children of the universe. Of course, we often wander off in dreams, in mental fabrications. More and […]

To Forgive

Rather than letting your thoughts wander, rather than giving free rein to your madness, please bring your mind back to the body. Come back to the normal condition where thoughts glide without clinging to the mirror. Some people tell me: “Is that all? Is there nothing else to do?” Yes, that’s all. There is nothing […]

Entering The Mountains

In the Shōdōka, we find this poem: I enter the deep mountains where I live in a hermitage. Under a tall pine tree on top of a steep slope above a profound valley, I sit in my humble abode, at peace and carefree. Silent retreat, serene simplicity. It is a mistake to think that the […]

Becoming the human being as it is

 We have roots in two worlds, it can’t be avoided. The world of appearances and the world of things as they are deep down, of how things work deep down: ultimate reality. There is a very famous saying that goes: don’t be fooled by appearances, go further. The Buddha had accepted and ordained a convict […]

The Way with the ancient flavours

The one who walks in the world with a peaceful mind, helps the world. The one who walks in the world with a peaceful mind and who cares for others, helps the world. The one who chooses at every moment to go in the direction where his or her actions, words, thoughts are beneficial for […]