Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Monk's Robes

Deaf, dumb and blind,
I stop to marvel at
Wind in the pine tree.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oolong Tea

Steeping spring water
The agony of the leaves
Golden liquor.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Great Horned Owl

Winter's night
An owl's plaintive hooting
Echoes through still air.

Monday, December 5, 2011


With flowing motion
The graceful Purple Martin,
Catches a mosquito!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

California Quail

A bevy of quail,
Startled by my foot steps,
Flushing into flight.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Deer prints
Along the fallow trail,
Leaving no trace.


Grey skies,
The trees release their leaves
To blow about the ground.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

practice poem

Pull taut the bow of steady practice,
And release the arrow of concentration,
Singing through the air of wisdom,
To strike the target of Oneness.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lord Shiva

I drink poison and
Divine nectar, everyday
Sunrise - Sunset.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Early morning fog,
The hummingbirds were cold last night
- Joyful sunrise.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


An Autumn breeze
Making ripples on the pond,
Of Universal Mind.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This morning
Hummingbirds fly to Godhead
To play in the light!

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Little sentient beings,
Enjoying nature's Oneness.


Ten and twenty
Hummingbirds - dance and play,
At the flowering vine.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


The spider's orb
Shimmering in an endless,
Moonlight until dawn.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain Trilogy

A sudden cloud burst
Rain drops striking fallen leaves,
Causing them to dance.

Gentle rain
Forming rivulets and streams,
Silently returns.

After the rain
The air is crisp and clear,
The wet Earth renewed.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011


A hoot owl calls
From high in an old oak tree,
"Who, Who, Am I?"

Sunday, September 11, 2011


The Sun and Moon,
Hang effortlessly balanced
Between Earth and Sky.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Day into night
The lengthening shadows,
Become the calm evening.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Late evening heat
Cicadas - singing loudly,
Of summer's passing.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Acceptance of things
As they are, is a form of
Letting go.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Divine Grace
Is the birth of consciousness,
This very moment.

~Dedicated to you.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw!
Only crows
Know the meaning.

No Separation

The old crow
And his raucous cawing,
Are not separate.

~Dedicated to crows.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The True Dharma

Every moment is huge doubt,
Every moment is, "I don't know."
This is the transmission,
This is the true Dharma.

~Dedicated to all sentient beings.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tree Frogs

Tree frogs,
The cadence of their singing
Brings more rain.

~Dedicated to summer rain.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


An evening shower,
Tree frogs sing in harmony,
The smell of rain.

~ Dedicated to Upaya Zen Center

Thursday, July 28, 2011

After the Harvest

After harvest
Strawberries rot in the sun,
The succulent smell.

~Dedicated to the workers in the fields.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


I don't know why,
Crows are cawing and flying,
Beautiful evening.

~Dedicated to not knowing.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Plum Blossoms

One cannot hold,
Plum Blossoms - scattered,
By August wind.

~Dedicated to not knowing; not holding.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Can you hear it?

The Truth Bell
Vibrating through the Universe,
One sound.

~Dedicated to Oneness.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kai Han

Striking the han
The sound of space is broken,
Since before thinking.

~Dedicated to Zen practice.

Zazen Practice

Striking the han
The sound of space is broken,
Since before thinking.

~Dedicated to Zazen practice.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rain - No Rain

Welcome me, into the
Limestone caverns
Of your heart.
Where waters wash away,
The sediments of time.
Allow me, with flowing
Waters pure and clear
To erase the stains of,
All your doubts and fears.

~Dedicated to everyone.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Clear like space
the Universe is burning,
but flames can't touch it.

~Dedicated to not-knowing mind.

Monday, May 23, 2011


A falling leaf
Shatters the ice on the pond,
Fish swim in water.

~Dedicated to Dogen Zenji

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Gagging on words
One misses the true moment,
Of just being.

~Dedicated to non-thinking mind.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Paisley Blue

To kiss your face,
For coming into this world,
Thank you Paisley Blue.

~Dedicated to Paisley Blue Mullholland

Saturday, May 7, 2011


The temple bell,
Teaches the humility,
Of letting go.

~Dedicated to those who wholeheartedly practice the Way.


The Robin's song,
Resounding through the zendo,
Demonstrates the Way.

~Dedicated to Dogen Zenji

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beginingless - Endless

From the begining,
The chain of cause and effect,
Until now.

~Dedicated to the present moment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3rd, 1953

We carry the lamp,
Which can never be exhausted,
Buddha Nature.

~Dedicated to all sentient beings.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Doorways within doorways,
Each breath a new opening,
The Witness never leaves,
The Truth Bell always rings.

~Dedicated to the Dharma Way.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Ocean

Beyond seaweed,
And the swell of the ocean,
Dolphins playing.

~Dedicated to feeling the love for life.


Earth, man, sky,
Not a single place to stand,
Everything changes.

~Dedicated to Japan, the tsunami, its victims and survivors.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The New Born

Paisley is born!
May all sentient beings,
Be ferried across,
The sea of suffering,
To clearly realize,
One true nature.

~Dedicated to Paisley Mullholland, born this day, 03.10.2011.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Is like moonlight flowing,
Down a river.

~Dedicated to letting go.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mu Koan

Joshu's dog,
Chases his tail in circles,
Mu! Mu! Mu!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Everyday Experiences

All experiences,
Are the essential fires,
Of Purification.

~Dedicated to experiencing life fully.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

dependent origination

Throughout time and space,
The chain of cause and effect,
Is unceasing.

~Dedicated to the doctrine of emptiness.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Seashore

Going to the beach,
A carnival of people,
And Laughing Gulls.

~Dedicated to seeing the beauty in the midst of folly.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Truth Bell

I found the Truth Bell,
Hidden in a treasure box,
Called the Self.

~Dedicated to the lifelong pursuit of the Self.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Pull taught the bow,
Of meditation practice,
Focus the mind,
Which is freed of thoughts,
Release the arrow,
Singing through the air,
To strike the target,
Which shatters delusion.

~Dedication to continued meditation practice.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Suddenly . . .
There are fewer hummingbirds,
Has winter arrived?

~Dedicated to the changing seasons.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Warm water poured,
The agony of the leaves,
Sipping from the cup.

~Dedicated to the enjoyment of great tea.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Fly

Afternoon heat,
A fly sticks to paper,
The buzzing sound.

~Dedicated to the known and unknown.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Tea . . . surrendering,
Leaves uncurling in the cup,
Their love is released.

~Dedicated to the life of tea.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Buddha Way

The Way is a living Being,
Our practice is letting go,
Manifesting the activity,
Of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

~Dedicatied to true practice.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


The body is the gateway,
To calmness and tranquility.
The heart is the gateway,
To acceptance and love,
The mind is the gateway,
To the realm of not knowing,
Practice is the gateway,
Of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

~Dedicated to the Practice of the Buddha Way

Dharma Practice

The crow at my window,
Announces the inseperable union,
Of emptiness and bliss,
Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw!

~Dedicated to the original nature of crows.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Compassion and Wisdom

A crazy black crow,
Careening in a wild wind,
Laughing at the world!

~Dedicated to crazy wisdom and wild compassion.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Diamond Way

The crow at my window,
Announces the inseparable union,
Of emptiness and bliss.

~Dedicated to the cawing of crows. Caw! Caw! Caw!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Storm

Paw prints in the snow-
A fluffed up cat has been here!
Are his paws cold now?

~Heather Ann Mullholland

Saturday, January 8, 2011


The sky of stars,
And crescent moon,
Seem to be holding,
My cup of tea.

~Dedicated to greater understanding.

Winter Storm

Wisps of clouds,
Lazily sneaking across heaven,
Hinting at the frigid air which comes.

~Gabriel Lee Keller