The man who never turned back

Gudo was the emperor’s teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka. It was evening and a heavy rain was falling. Gudo was thoroughly wet. His straw sandals were in …

Regular meditation has tremendous impact on health

Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us. Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as meditation, far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, …

Why it’s important to ‘only don’t know’

Zen master Seung Sahn became a legend in America through his energy and his wit. He answered hundreds of letters from Zen students with the now-famous “Go straight, only don’t know.” Why? In a particularly prescient passage he explains why: Zen is very simple … What are you? In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands …

Calming the mind

Some people think that the purpose of meditation is to stop the mind. They sit, and they try. Soon they get into a fight with their mind, a fight that they lose. Frustrated, they give up. Do you recognize yourself in this scenario? Calming the mind is a more appropriate goal, and a good way to do it is by paying attention to …