伊勢 Ise

Mount Asama, Teahouses on the Mountain Pass (朝熊山 峠の茶屋 Asamasan-tōge no chaya) Ise Province

Thoughts

Master your thoughts. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. Any thought goes on inside your mind. Watch for a few minutes and you will be surprised: the mind seems to be crazy! It jumps from one thought to another thought for no reason at all. Just a dog starts barking in the neighborhood and your mind takes…

摂津 Settsu

Sumiyoshi, Idemi Beach (住よし 出見のはま Sumiyoshi, Idemi no hama) Settsu Province

The Yellow leaf

You are as the yellow leaf. The messengers of death are at hand. You are to travel far away. What will you take with you? Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. There are two things in life that are the most important. The first is birth, and the second is death – everything else is trivia. The…

Green Curves

The Curves,the lines a poem of harmony Sento Palace Garden, Kyoto Japanaibunka Photography    

Publishing the Sutras

Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras, which at that time were available only in Chinese. The books were to be printed with wood blocks in an edition of seven thousand copies, a tremendous undertaking. Tetsugen began by traveling and collecting donations for this purpose. A few sympathizers would give…

Tao Te Ching 42

The Tao gives birth to One. One gives birth to Two. Two gives birth to Three. Three gives birth to all things. All things have their backs to the female and stand facing the male. When male and female combine, all things achieve harmony. Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it,…