Posts Tagged ‘Zen Buddhism’

Revoking the Myth of 1492 and Reclaiming Turtle Island

Revoking the Myth of 1492 and Reclaiming Turtle Island

You know, I think if people stay somewhere long enough – even white people – the spirits will begin to speak to them. It’s the power of the spirits coming up from the land. The spirits and the old powers […]

Reflections on A Dawn Cloud

Reflections on A Dawn Cloud

I showed up at Koko An Zendo while still a teenager. Having done my preliminary research, I marched into my first dokusan with Robert Aitken and announced my intention to take up the path of Zen. He had regarded me […]

Alas! My Blade Is Broken!

Alas! My Blade Is Broken!

Among Zen Buddhists, there is a tradition of composing a final work of art or poetry upon one’s death bed. As a teenager, freshly embarked upon my Zen training in a Buddhist temple in Hawai’i, I came across this poem […]