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Wind in Trees

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 […]

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One with the Clouds

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

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Fundimental Meaning of Buddha-dharma

  Zen master Daowu visited the assembly of master Shitou. Daowu asked, “What is the fundamental meaning of Buddha-dharma?” Shitou said, “Not to attain, not to know”. Daowu said, “Is there some turning point in going beyond, or not?“ Shitou said, “The vast sky does not hinder the white clouds from flying”   Image by […]

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Bubbles on the Sea

When we see truly, there is nothing at all. There is no person; there is no Buddha. Innumerable things of the universe Are just bubbles on the sea. Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning. – Yoka Genkaku (665-713 CE), Shodoka   Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino

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Mountains and Waters

Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient Buddha way. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness. Because mountains and waters have been active since before the Empty Eon, they are alive at this moment. Because they have been the self since before form arose they are emancipation realization. * * […]

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Heaven meets Heart

When Heaven Meets Heart

“When heaven meets heart a flower blooms unborn and undying it lives with a care till it turns the heard towards the ground and bows in gratitude” Photo and poem by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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Mountains and Oceans

Mountains and Oceans

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water. Dogen Zenji Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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