“Although the white clouds have no mind, wherever they go they seem to be attracted to the old mountains. What are these white clouds? What are these old mountains? Dōgen struck the sitting platform with his whisk. After a pause Dōgen said: No guests remain within the dragon gate. Turtles and cranes are inherently mountain […]
The empty sky embracing All with choiceless Love Photo and Poem by Rosa Bellino
“What will remain of my legacy? Flowers in the spring, The hototogisu in summer, And the crimson leaves of Autumn.” – Ryokan, 1758-1831 One Robe, One Bowl, Translated by John Stevens Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission.
“A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is […]
…koans are dark to the mind, yet radiant to the heart. Henry Shukman * * * photo and creation by Rosa Bellino
It’s me and my shadow again: the little night I cast on the wall looking cubist this morning, square-shouldered, pin-headed. All the trouble, all the pain, yearning and hope: all from that one square yard of darkness on the wall. Bodhidharma sat this way, a leaf of a man blown in from the West, light […]
When trees toss in high wind and a suspicion of rain travels across their dark faces, I long for the old summers under smoky oaks. Whoever I am, it’s not who I thought. Who is it the rain and wind wake with their sighing? That tree-lover, summer-lover – try and find him, was he ever […]
Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear. ― Shunryu Suzuki Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino Quote by Shunryu Suzuki from Goodreads.com
Form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. Heart Sutra Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino
Flowers are silent, Silence is silent, The Mind is a silent flower, The silent flower of the World Opens. -Ikkyu Zenji Photo and composition by Rosa Bellino.