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This is a special double issue to mark the 20th Anniversary of the death of our Founder, Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. You can see a preview of some of the contents below.

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Going to the Well

The Dharma Path is simple and straightforward and in the instant before us, and yet calls us to great depths. A wellspring emerges to the surface joyfully, and yet its waters come from deep within, making their way upwards through … Continue reading

Recognising Buddha

It is so helpful for our spiritual path to recognise the heart of Buddha in other human beings. When I was a young man, there was a deep longing in me that I could not have put into words then. … Continue reading

Everybody Already a Disciple: The Master Calls, Who Responds?

One calls, One responds.” There are many dimensions to the master-disciple relationship. Who is it that calls, who is it that responds? What I explore here is one perspective which of late I view as this relationship’s core, heart, or … Continue reading

Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett on Compassion and Benevolence

In the early 1970s my wife Linda and I were fortunate to attend a weekend retreat near Eugene, Oregon, conducted by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. Not long thereafter, Linda and I were founding members of the newly opened Eugene Buddhist Priory; … Continue reading

A DEATH AND A LIFE: Reflections on the Death and Funeral of Reverend Master Jiyu

Throughout the ages Buddhism has been practised, taught and passed on by one person to another. Every scripture, statue and example came from a person who, through training, gave their individual life back to its Source, enabling the Truth to … Continue reading

Entanglement and the Eye of a Buddha.

In remembering Rev. Master Jiyu today, I was thinking of recounting an anecdote about her, but perhaps that is not the most important thing. What matters is the teaching that they all embodied rather than their personalities. Who Rev. Master … Continue reading

Live Fully, Die Fully

The literal translation of “zenki” is “the activity of Zen” or “the activity of meditation,” and this chapter refers to That which is “ever functioning, never dormant” within that activity, namely Buddha Nature, True Nature, or what Dōgen calls True … Continue reading