Small Talk: Moon Altar

The waxing gibbous Moon as observed from EarthBodhisattvas, we should not say we are too busy to come to practice.  Nor should we say we are too tired, too sick, or too far away.  In our culture, we have mutually convinced ourselves that we are always too busy.  “Too busy” is just distracted, disordered mind.

In ancient China there was an outdoor altar known as the moon altar.  Our life should be like this moon altar, lit by the light of the ever-changing phases of the moon.  The crescent moon does not fret about when it will get around to being full, nor does it fret about waning and going dark.  The moon just shines completely, no matter whether it is full, new, or a quarter moon.  Because the moon is not distracted by thoughts of another moon, it is always full, and its light extends throughout the entire universe.  The meaning of light extending throughout the universe is that the moon altar can be realized by anyone at any time.  To realize the moon altar, just practice single-mindedly.  Do not allow your mind to become fragmented into this and that phase, even as conditions change.gendoSealA






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Small Talk

gendoSenseiPortraitcGreetings, members and friends of Great Wave.

I wanted to let you know that this summer I will be starting to write occasional posts at our website (  The posts will be short–something you can read–or perhaps listen to, if I’m feeling ambitious–in a minute or less, and are aimed at keeping our practice present and visible in this busy-as-can-be life.  Who doesn’t have one minute to spare for practice?  I’m calling this series of posts “Small Talk.”

It’s my hope that you will help me create an ongoing conversation by registering at (if you haven’t done so already) and leaving comments on my posts.  I’ll try to follow up when it seems appropriate.  Also, please feel free to let me know if there is a topic you’d like me to address.  I think that would be fun for all of us.

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