Tag Archives: Shunryu Suzuki

ISmile283 – Buddhism’s Eight Winds Fanning the Fire of Resolve

In this Dharma talk, Michael McAlister offers his take on the “fire” needed to keep our spiritual life moving towards deeper and deeper levels of maturity. He suggests that these lives that we’re leading are complete as they are and provide us with all the necessary tools needed to live the experiment that leads us [...]

Encore Post – Teachers

This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. ______ So why is it that so many seemingly enlightened masters get into so much trouble? If someone Awakens, we might imagine that he or she is beyond all of the bad stuff. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. I guess the answers to these and other questions [...]

ISmile280 – Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind

My teacher‘s teacher, Shunryu Suzuki, offered up this famous spiritual pearl: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” While its meaning may appear to suggest that we need to cultivate a mind like that of a child in order to successfully walk the path, there is more [...]

Politics and Dharma

I’m frequently asked how we can integrate the Dharma into something as “sticky” as the news, in general, and politics, specifically. On the one hand, non-attachment to what’s going on in the world is not so easy since the preferences that the news and politics tweeks tend be deep. They are all about the mind’s [...]


For us to realize that Enlightenment itself is immediately prior to the temporal experience of all things that arise within our awareness is to awaken with all things. In other words, we can look at the spaciousness of the present moment that always exists, before mind gets into its processes of interpretation and evaluation, as [...]

Appropriate Responses

The Chinese Master Yunmen referred to the most profound Buddhist teachings as simply being “an appropriate response” to the circumstances of our lives. Any time we see egolessness in action, we are looking at an appropriate response. Whenever we can watch someone act without wanting anything in return for his or her action, we are [...]


To find, know, and possess the Divine existence, consciousness and nature and to live in it for the Divine is our true aim and the one perfection to which we must aspire. —Aurobindo The most important thing is to find out what the most important thing is. —Shunryu Suzuki What is it that truly drives [...]


It has not deserted its creation for a place apart; it is always present to those with strength to touch it. —Plotinus In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. —Shunryu Suzuki Although living a life sourced from a sense of separation consistently leads to suffering, separation [...]