Friday, September 23, 2011


the symphony right now.

Did you believe you are a solo?

Is there any solo?
Is there no solo?

What is the symphony right now?

You are the symphony.

Do you see?

(c) 2011 Elihu Genmyo Smith

simple and immediate - Joko's style

by Elihu Genmyo Smith

The important point about Joko's style of practice was that it emphasized what is simple and immediate.

Simple means that everyone as they are can practice - it is not dependent upon some special abilities, past training or skills.

Immediate is right now, come as you are, not a matter of what you have prepared or the conditions and circumstances.

(c) 2011 Elihu Genmyo Smith


Sometimes it seems that it is most difficult to commit to right now; sometimes it is most difficult to renounce attaching to right now.

"Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away."
- Aitken Roshi

(c) 2011 Elihu Genmyo Smith