The Stone Woman Gives Birth

I have a story to tell you, but it’s a story for which the words have disappeared.

I say we don’t have the language, but that’s not entirely true. We were all there. It’s one of the things that connects us. We can remember it in our bodies. So how could we have ever forgotten?

Fire … Living at the Corner of Lucky and Unlucky

By Rachel Boughton, October 2017.
An essay about gain and hope and loss.

Using Koans to Navigate a Disaster

The question of how to deal with difficult times is fundamental for a spiritual practice, and really, for any human life. During our Winter Sesshin in January 2017, Rachel Boughton, Roshi addressed questions and feelings about navigating these political times, and your everyday life, in the company of koan practice.

Here you can watch a video of her dharma talk, or read the essay on the same topic.

How to Use Koans to Navigate Disaster – A dharma talk with Rachel Boughton

During our Winter Sesshin in January 2017, Rachel Boughton, Roshi addressed feelings and questions about navigating these political times, and your everyday life, in the company of koan practice.

You can watch the video here.

There Is No Future, Really

An essay by Rachel Boughton Roshi, December 2016.

The morning after an unaccustomed shock brings thoughts about how much I really know about the future, and curiosity about the possibilities of living in the present.

The Tea Lady and the Fox

A post by Rachel Boughton

Women who ran tea houses in China appear often in Zen koans and stories. The tea lady often holds the role of the trickster, cleverly disguised as not-a-teacher, magically making certainty disappear.