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Flowers Fall Amidst Our Longing* – The Final Teaching of Sei’un An Roshi

Sei'un at Kenshukai in Toronto, August 2014 Roselyn Stone (晴雲庵 Sei’un-an ”Clearing Away the Clouds”) 8 February 1931 – 2 August 2022 I recently came across a note in one of my journals about “staying with a teacher until you... Continue Reading →


When we observe the world, change is everywhere. Flowers bloom and fade. Rain falls and the water seeps away into the ground or a flood sweeps away our houses. We age and wrinkles accumulate where once there were none. New... Continue Reading →

The Moment Between

When we pay attention to our breath, we discover that there is a moment between the end of one breath and the beginning of the next when the breath is not moving. The rib-cage is still. The mind is still.... Continue Reading →

The Sitting Zendo

We think that when we practice Zen, we start by entering a Zendo. First, we remove our shoes. Then we gassho and bow to the butsudan, enter and take our place at our cushion. At home, in these COVID times,... Continue Reading →

Letting go as freedom

This is part three in a series that explores what it means to let go. The first part explored the link between the physical act of opening fingers to release what you are holding and the mental act of opening... Continue Reading →

Letting go as an act of compassion

In the previous blog I wrote about the practice of letting go. Letting go is not just a practice;  it is also a means of expressing compassion.  First though, a reminder that letting go is simply the act of releasing... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

Don’t sweat it. Just let it go. It’s not that important. Has anyone ever said that to you? Sure, and probably you’ve also said it to others. Usually when someone tells you “just let go” it’s the last thing you... Continue Reading →

What is Zen?

The word Zen conjures up a variety of ideas in our culture. It sounds exotic, yet at the same time “Zen” is commonly used as an adjective to describe feeling relaxed (I’m feeling really zen after my massage) or a... Continue Reading →

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