Zazen as Inquiry

Taigen Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – January 11, 2003 In the Soto tradition, and in the style of the Suzuki Roshi lineage, our meditation is pretty gentle, settling-in meditation, just sitting. We try to find a way of sitting and practice that is...

Enlightenment Day

Taigen Dan Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – December 12, 2002 Twenty-five hundred years or so ago Shakyamuni Buddha sat up all night under the bodhi tree and in the morning saw the morning star, awakened, and became the awakened one, the Buddha. We...

Just This is It

Taigen Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – March 9, 2002 This morning I am going to talk about zazen as the practice of suchness, or thusness, in terms of some stories in the tradition of Soto Zen, or actually, in this case, the Chinese Soto school called...

Dropping off Body-Mind, and the Pregnant Pillars

Taigen Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – Febuary 9, 2002 For the last couple of years I have been translating Dogen’s Extensive Record, Eihei Koroku, together with Shohaku Okumura. This is a very long collection of writings by Zen Master Dogen from the...

Taking Refuge / Householder Ordination

Taigen Leighton Mountain Source Sangha – January 5, 2002 This afternoon we are going to do a ceremony for receiving the precepts, jukai in Japanese. According to the saying attributed to Bodhidharma, the legendary founder of Zen in China, Zen is, “Direct...

“Evil” in Buddhism

Taigen Leighton Mt. Source Sangha, Bolinas – October 6, 2001 [Note: This talk was given within a month of the 2001 September 11th attack. As of this transcript being posted on the Mountain Source website a year later, in September, 2002, these issues remain...