Our Zen practice helps us realize: everyone is a teacher. All sentient beings - birds and trees, cabbages and worms - teach us when we have the eyes to hear and the ears to listen.Even bricks and tiles, pebbles and streams preach the dharma.
The quotations below express some helpful perspectives and teachers and students.
The little child learns to speak, though it has no learned teachers - because it lives with those who know how to speak.
True people teach without a word
They are themselves,
so act without exerting effort
No placing claims, no holding on
No merit and no fault
If a person follows the mind they've been given him and makes it their teacher, then who can be without a teacher?
Why must you comprehend the process of change and form your mind on that basis before you can have a teacher?
Decheng abruptly left MountYao and lived on the river. There he produced a successor….
Is this not catching a fish, catching a person, catching water, or catching the self?
The disciple seeing Decheng is Decheng. Decheng guiding his disciple is meeting a true person.
Robert has been practicing Zen since 1972 but it was not until 1989 that he found his root teacher, Sojun Mel Weitsman, at Berkeley Zen Center. Robert received lay entrustment in Soto Zen from Sojun in 2010, and founded a Zen group in the Sierra foothills shortly afterwards. Robert is one of the founding members of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. At the invitation of Karen Terzano he has been a visiting teacher at the Ordinary Mind Zen sangha in Finland. In 2019 Robert received denkai from Karen to offer precepts as a teacher within Ordinary Mind Zen. Robert is currently working to develop and Ordinary Mind Zen practice community in Sacramento, California. Robert's dharma name is Meikyo Onza - "Clear Mirror, Calm Sitting."
In Muktinath, Hindus and Buddhists share many of the same temples. Outside the temples are rows upon rows of prayer wheels.
At the end of one row, milk is reincarnated to serve as a prayer wheel, replacing one that was damaged in a storm. Empty of its original contents, completely ordinary, it holds a scripture and turns the wheel of the dharma along with all the traditional prayer wheel - a fitting image for Ordinary Mind Zen.
Above are pictures of some of the teachers Robert encountered during his journeys in the Nepal Himalayas,.