Author Archives: Tony Doubleday

In Memory – Sharon Rinsho Ive

Sharon Rinshō Ive died suddenly and unexpectedly on 24 March 2021 in Gravesend, Kent. Sharon had practised Zen for many years, beginning in Kanzeon Sangha, with Genpo Merzel Roshi, who gave her jukai and whose US centre  she visited a number of times.  Sharon participated in sesshin led by Tenshin Fletcher Roshi and Kaizen Scott […]

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Tozan Ryokai; Awakening to the Phenomenal World – Tony Shinro Doubleday

The thirty-eighth ancestor in the Soto lineage was Tozan Ryokai (807-69). He received transmission from Ungo Donjo (784-841) after first training with a number of other masters, including Isan Reiyu (771-853). Tozan met with Isan at a time when he was preoccupied by a question, which, according to the scholar Robert Sharf, was controversial within […]

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Deaf and Blind in the Land of Zen

By coincidence, I came across the following sermon by Dogen Zenji, in Taigen Dan Leighton’s translation of Dogen’s Eihei Koroku, having just put down A Blind Man in the Land of Zen, which is newly published by fellow Sangha-member Steve Hobson: Hyakujo received a shout from Baso, whereupon he became deaf for three days. All people in […]

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Ringsfield Hall Retreat, Suffolk, July 2013

Emily from StoneWater Zen London has written a piece on the Suffolk retreat with Keizan Sensei last week.  It can be found, with some lovely photos, on http://swz-northlondon.blogspot.co.uk. Sore knees, chilly early mornings, insects, sunshine, peacocks, birdsong. These are what first spring to my mind without much thought, and the list appears to get more pleasant as […]

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Six-Year-Old Dharma

I was asked to talk to the year-one classes at my daughter’s school after her own form teacher overheard her tell one of her friends that she should shave her head and “become a Buddhist, like my dad!” The six year-olds in year-one had been learning about Wesak, and their form teachers were looking for a Buddhist to talk to the children. My daughter’s remark was seized upon…

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