Learning To Be Silent

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence. On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of…

the crown

the geometry of perfection arrives when the crown is illuminated by the Presence   Photography by Jpanaibunka Kyoto  

Do your work

Live in love. Do your work. Make an end of your sorrows. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. A Buddha is a creator, a Jesus is a creator. Their words, their acts are the only proof that God exists. Their very presence is proof that God exists. Their presence is creative; in their very presence thousands of…

rice fields in water

the endless effort of farmers rice fields in water the endless non effort of meditators distance between the coming clouds   can the monks survive without rice? can the farmers thrive without inner peace? everyone’s dedicated in his/her own humble mission   Photography by Japanaibunka Ginkakuji, Kyoto  

change of clothes

かりそめの戀をする日や衣更 karisome no koi o suru hi ya koromogae A careless Bit of dalliance today In my new clothes! -Yosa Buson   Art by Hashiguchi Goyo

How Trees Become Enlightened

During the Kamakura period, Shinkan studied Tendai six years and then studied Zen seven years; then he went to China and contemplated Zen for thirteen years more. When he returned to Japan many desired to interview him and asked onscure questions. But when Shinkan received visitors, which was infrequently, he seldom answered their questions. One…


an inner prayer a deep contemplation I am     Photography by Japanaibunka Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto  

舞踏 Butō

Butoh is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. The art form is known to “resist fixity” and be difficult to define;…


Free yourself from attachment. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. If you don′t cling to anything, how can you be made miserable? Your clinging creates misery, because you want to cling and in the very nature of things, things are changing; you cannot cling. They are slipping constantly out of your hands. There is no way to…

Tao Te Ching 50

The Master gives himself up to whatever the moment brings. He knows that the is going to die, 11and he has nothing left to hold on to: no illusions in his mind no resistances in his body. He doesn’t think about his actions; the flow from the core of his being. He holds nothing back…

bamboo groove

a mystical bamboo grove fills the dark empty space with vertical music   Photography by Japanaibunka Arashiyama,Kyoto

short nights

みじか夜や毛むしの上露の玉 mijikayo ya kemushi no ue ni tsuyu no tama This night’s so short The caterpillars’ spines Are beaded with dew. Yosa Buson   Art by Kitagawa Utamaro