Now the Whole Planet Has its Head on Fire

Collective Karma and Systemic Responses to Climate Disruption Taigen Dan Leighton From the book, A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, edited by John Stanley, David Loy, and Gyurme Dorje (Wisdom Publications, 2009) For Buddhists to respond appropriately to the...

Dogen’s Appropriation of Lotus Sutra Ground and Space

Taigen Dan Leighton published in “Japanese Journal of Religious Studies,” vol. 32, no. 1, 2005 Introduction Zen Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) quotes the Lotus Sutra far more than any other sutra.[1] His use of the Lotus Sutra helps define the world-view...

Ungraspable Mind, Deep Time, and the Bodhisattva Precepts

Taigen Dan Leighton Published in the Sweetcake Enso blog on July 29, 2011 In his essay “Ungraspable Mind” written in 1241 in his epic Shōbōgenzō “True Dharma Eye Treasury,” the Japanese Sōtō Zen founder Eihei Dōgen (1200-1253) relates an old teaching story about the...

Meeting Our Ancestors of the Future

Taigen Dan Leighton Published in “Shambhala Sun,” September, 1996, as “Now is the Past of the Future.” When we can fully see our own time in the dynamic fullness of time, without being blind to cause and effect, without being caught by limiting...

Zazen as Enactment Ritual

Taigen Dan Leighton  Article for the book, Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice, edited by Steven Heine and Dale Wright (Oxford University Press, 2008) Buddhist meditation has commonly been considered an instrumental technique aimed at obtaining a...

Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness

Taigen Dan Leighton  Article for the book, Zen Masters, edited by Steven Heine and Dale Wright (Oxford University Press, 2010) Dongshan Liangjie (807-869, Jpn.: Tôzan Ryôkai), one of the most prominent teachers of Tang dynasty Chan, is considered the founder of the...