Thursday, 8 October 2009

Descending the Mountain

As most will be aware by now, John Daido Loori Roshi has stepped down as head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and now appears to be approaching the end of his life.

I know him and his teachings through "
Cave of Tigers: Modern Zen Encounters", "Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza", MRO videos on-line and from the recollections of my teachers at the Western Chan Fellowship after a visit they made to him a few years ago.

He always comes across as strong and deeply compassionate and his writings are full of life and warmth. I whole heartedly recommend any of his teachings.

At this time Daido Roshi is in my mind and heart. And I keep practising. I invite you to do the same.

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!