Some thoughts after jukai

Jukai is the Japanese word for the zen ceremony of “taking the precepts”. Basically you vow to take sixteen precepts seriously in your life after some time meditating with each of them. And on the surface they’re kind of weird

Here is a nice little article at No Zen in the West about the tension between the personal and communal aspects of buddhist practice and how they play into the political sphere. I’ve observed a dangerous inclination for some zen

This is a great conversation with angel Kyodo williams, author, activist, and the second of only four (!) black female zen priests in the soto lineage.

From this article: “The dharma is not an excuse to turn away from the suffering of the world, nor is it a sedative to get us comfortably through painful times. It is a powerful teaching that frees and strengthens us

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage — By Shitou Xiqian (700-790) I’ve built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value. After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap. When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared. Now it’s been lived in

“Sick of it whatever it’s called, sick of the names. I dedicate every pore to what’s here” ― Ikkyu

“What are you looking for in these lands of dependent transformation? The Buddha-Dharma is just so much waste paper to wipe off privy filth. The Buddha is a phantom body, the ancestors just old monks. The true Buddha has no

This is the greatest book in the history of the universe. CASE CLOSED.

Personal experience of non-aggresion

This is a video by Chögyam Trungpa about aggression and giving. He’s a pretty controversial Buddhist who escaped Tibet at 20 in 1959ish, moving to the USA in 1970. (He has a pretty thick accent so I recommend reading the