The spirit of the summits

  There is a mountain of which the summit stands higher than the other mountains, a mountain of which the summit is hidden from the human eye, a summit wrapped in pure air, free from any pollution, always covered with sparkling…

In the morass of opinions

For the great elephant* who got bogged down, who went too far in the morass of opinions, there is no other way out than to step back, to find the strength by himself; no-one can do it for him, he will have to put all his faculties into…

Doing what we have to do

At the smallest thought, you begin to ramble. You ramble, that is to say, you leave the Way. Journalists always comment the news. Truth is sufficient unto itself, life is truth, truth is the Way. Any comment we add only makes us loose the Way,…

True wisdom and true love

What we must cherish more than anything else is the present moment, which never comes again. It is nothing more than to be standing in the stream of life, to be standing in the eternal now, nothing more than not wasting our life trailing behind…
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The world of being

There is a saying: “The soul is reflected in the eyes.” The mind is reflected in the eyes. Do not try to catch anything, do not fix your eyes on anything. This is what is meant by to look inside. There are two ways to look at the world.…

Making Peace

Dear friend, don't you see this man of the Way,who does not seek the truth,nor flees from delusions? This is the first verse of the Shodoka, the Song of Awakening, written by Master Yoka Daishi. Yoka Daishi gives us a piece of friendly…

Having few desires

2600 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha invited his fellow human beings to reconsider their relationship to the world. As he was dying, he gave eight recommendations, called the Eight Satori of the Great Man. The first satori was to have few desires,…

The absolute political act

To take the right posture, one needs be very delicate, with careful attention, total commitment. To take matters in hand without harming oneself. Some people are casual or arrogant enough to believe that they are beyond this practice. In the…

Cooperation with all existences

A baby in its mother's womb receives its life without making the slightest effort. It receives its mother's life. Its mother receives the life of the universe. We receive our life from the entire universe at all times. This baby out of the…

Liberation

Zen is the most direct, simplest form of practicing Buddhism. Zen is nothing other than zazen, meditation without object. To do zazen is to experience regained freedom and in doing so, to taste pure existence. During zazen, we are free because…