The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step




art work, om mani padme hum


Health is not just about what we eat

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We don’t see things as they are

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Zen Master: An intimate portrait of John Daido Loori Roshi (19 min)

An intimate portrait of one of the early and foremost teachers of Zen Buddhism in the United States. John Daido Loori was the founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, in Mt Tremper, NY and the founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order. He received dharma transmission from both the Soto and Rinzai Orders. Before becoming a zen monk Loori served in the U.S. Navy, worked for a number of years as a scientist and married twice. Loori authored more than twenty books on the dharma and was a photographer and nature lover all his life. He is survived by three children, two brothers, four grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his third wife, Rachael Loori Romero who made this visual poem in his memory. Photos by Rachael Loori Romero, Ros Bell, John Daido Loori . ZMM Archive. Thanks to Tasha Seikan Sudan for production assistance. Chants by ZMM monks and song by Daido and Yukon and thanks for cinuste. All Rights Reserved.


Words, concepts, and silence

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The Four Reliances

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First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words; Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher; Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation; And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.

~ Traditional Buddhist teaching ~

Tao & Zen

You must understand the whole of life

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies. That is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti ~


The meaning of life (humor)

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