Category Zen

“The Moon” – Liberated! Zen symbolism in real life

The references to “The Moon”, “Reflection of the Moon” and “Finger pointing to the Moon” are very common in Zen teachings. I really like these symbols, in my opinion, they pretty much describe the very core of our existence as people in the society and the source of our constant and pervasive dissatisfaction. “The Moon” […]

Revelation of solitude

Most spiritual teachers of the past and present gone through a period of solitude and isolation from the society. And at some stage, many of us will feel the urge to go somewhere quiet and be alone for some time. I remember the feeling that came about 6 years ago after living in a busy […]

Tribute to Daido Loori Zen Roshi – my inspiration for Zen art — Creatively ZEN

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 […] […]

Spiritual awakening: How to get there?

Talking to a friend recently I was reminded that most people already know that living from an awakened perspective is wonderful, and what they are actually looking for – is information on how to get there, a clear path, a secret recipe, some logical stepwise method. I used to look for that as well, for […]

Truly examined life

What does it mean – truly examined life? I used to think that it is an accumulation of knowledge, analysis, comparison of ideas and concepts and finding the one, true viewpoint. Finding a description of the world that explains it all, gives all the answers. I thought if I read, memorize, analyze enough I will […]

Zen Mountain Monastery: photogallery

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.