It has been just over 7 years when I came to do an art residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, USA. I was lucky to be in the last group of trainees who met Daido Roshi, about a month before his death from lung cancer. His life story was a remarkable one: sailor in […] […]
Everybody loves Kyoto, but most tourists give it a miss during winter. But I would never forget the pure magic of its moody, dark weather, crystal clear, fresh air and occasional wet and sticky snowfall. There was this amazing and essential bareness in everything, like the world was stripped clean of anything non-essential and there […]
Every February Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosts a lively and colorful Flower Festival. Thai people prepare many amazing floats for the parade, intricately decorated with myriads of live flowers. I remember how seeing this fragrant opulence for the first time was a bit of shock for me. I couldn’t believe that people would put so much […]
I’ve spent 6 months in Zen Mountain Monastery, USA. It was quite difficult, yet unforgettable time. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ryushin sensei, Shugen sensei, monastics and residents.