Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Eightfold Path #4, Right Action – “Stop”

And what is right action? Abstaining from taking life, abstaining from stealing, abstaining from unchastity. This is called right action.” – Sutta Nipata XLV 8

When I took the five precepts at my Jukai ?, I didn’t know that they were directly related to the Noble Eightfold Path. As it turns out the first three precepts are describing what to do for ‘right action’, or rather what not to do since the precepts are about not doing. Continue reading

The Eightfold Path #6: Right Effort – Awakening Kanzeon

About a year ago I went into formal training with Jiun roshi, as I joined the Zen Center ‘Noorder Poort’. Then last April, I left that center and since then I’ve felt rather restless and not fitting in. The original plan was to undergo formal training for at least 18 months, maybe even up to two years. But life decided differently and I went on my way. Since then I’ve been looking deep into myself.

I tried to settle again, find myself a home, find myself a job, find myself some peace. Continue reading


The first week of this August I spent in Denmark. I participated in a Sesshin by Dutch Zen Master Rients Ritskes. He had many themes going on during the Sesshin so everybody was satisfied in the end.

There was one theme however the Master had not anticipated: the food. Continue reading

No strings attached

Life, as far as we understand it, is the exception in the universe that we know. Last Sesshin this was probably the most crucial sentence for me I got to hear from the teachers mouth. Taking the generally excepted definition for ‘life’, most of the universe we know is empty and otherwise it is dead. Continue reading