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Upon Reading My Teacher’s Book

Updated: Mar 21



Living in the guidance of my teacher for nearly twenty years, I have now read his book, The Original Frontier: A Serious Seeker's Guide to Zen. You can find a more thorough review available on the Silent Thunder Order website: https://storder.org/the-original-frontier-a-serious-seekers-guide-to-zen/


In speaking with Taiun Elliston-roshi recently I mentioned that I had read his book and was going to write a brief commentary for our sangha. Oh, he said and asked what I thought. I said well now I know what you were talking about. He replied you should have listened in the first place...now he tells me!


My understanding of Soto Zen is that teaching is always taking place, while learning may take a little longer. I learn from Sensei every time we are together. We can’t know ourselves if we don’t share the Dharma.