Lady Chiyo and the broken water bucket

Kaga no Chiyo (1703-1775) is widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets. She is perhaps best known for her poem: “A morning glory twined round my bucket – I ask for water”. The overgrown well-bucket is a frequently illustrated subject in Japanese pictorial art. Stevenson* believes that this inspired Yoshitoshi to illustrate…

A Drop of Water

A Zen master named Gisan asked a young student to bring him a pail of water to cool his bath. The student brought the water and, after cooling the bath, threw on to the ground the little that was left over. “You dunce!” the master scolded him. “Why didn’t you give the rest of the…

chess board

let the chess board of your life dissolve into randomness nature takes over the strategy of the mind by fusing the duality into one   Photography by Japanaibunka Kyoto

Why the Buddha waits at the gates of heaven

Whatsoever you do, do it with deep alertness; then even small things become sacred. Then cooking or cleaning become sacred; they become worship. It is not a question of what you are doing, the question is how you are doing it. You can clean the floor like a robot, a mechanical thing; you have to…

Neither Praise nor blame

The mind cannot shake a mountain. Neither praise nor blame moves the wise man. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. To be wise is not to be knowledgeable. To be wise means to realize something of your consciousness – first within and then without; to feel the pulsation of life within you and then without. To experience…

Tao Te Ching 46

When a country is in harmony with the Tao, the factories make trucks and tractors. When a country goes counter to the Tao, warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.   There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy.   Whoever can…

building

man has always been building out of his thought and will rarely though truly enjoys what he creates   Photo by Japanaibunka Nara

Gyokuto – Songoku

Jade Rabbit – Sun Wukong Sun Wukong, known in the West as the Monkey King, is the main character in the classical Chinese epic novel “Journey to the West”. In this tale he accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a mission to collect Buddhist sutras from India. Songoku achieved immortality by stealing and eating empress Xi…

Non-Attachment

Kitano Gempo, abbot of Eihei temple, was ninety-two years old when he passed away in the year 1933. He endeavored his whole like not to be attached to anything. As a wandering mendicant when he was twenty he happened to meet a traveler who smoked tobacco. As they walked together down a mountain road, they…

the flame of consciousness

  the flame of consciousness always burns as brightly as ever no matter if the ego try to enclose it in a box or create a vermillion heavy gate to surround it   the flame burns either one realises it or not      

Harmony without and within

Man is living as an island, and that’s where all misery arises. Down the centuries man has been trying to live independently from existence–that is not possible in the very nature of things. Man can neither be independent nor dependent. Existence is a state of interdependence: everything depends on everything else. There is no hierarchy,…

Straighten yourself

To straighten the crooked you must first do a harder thing – straighten yourself. It is easy to look at other people′s faults. One loves to see other people′s faults because that helps and strengthens your ego: ″I am far superior.″It is very difficult to see one′s own faults; only a man who loves himself…