All posts by Alan Gensho Florence

From Roshi’s New Years Teisho

Our Buddha Nature is absolutely mu, that mu has no form, no shape, never was born, never will die and is called MU only for wanting of something better to call it.

The Buddha sees everything as Buddha Nature, our  body and the universe are one and the same but that is so hard to grasp.

We so easily get caught in greed, anger and delusion that we have a hard time comprehending, what  should we do then?? 

We need to see clearly and objectively that the person who is a deluded person can also be a Buddha Nature.

The Buddha was called the one of Great Alignment. He gave short phrases to his disciples to repeat over and over, continually, all day long. He taught them if they did this ongoingly, they would be able to enter the same state of mind as the Buddha

These phrases we repeat become our bones and our flesh, and then we realize that wide open state of mind that is equal in each and every person,

We can do this if we sit and repeat these phrases until they come  spontaneously. We will then enter this state of mind where we are  not thinking about anything at all. 

Then truly that wisdom with which each of us is endowed from birth gives us a radiance which can illuminate all  others from within ourselves. Equally, from ourself to others.

This is the same state of mind as the Buddha and we see that all beings are in this state of mind, and that we must become this state of mind and know the deep way of living that is held equally by all beings.

From there we can liberate  people from their delusions, awaken them to their Buddha Nature. and awaken their minds.

77 Trees, a birthday present to Roshi

This year Roshi celebrated his 77th. birthday. We offered him a gift of 77 trees for Tahoma. Roshi’s thanks and remarks are here.

We began planting new trees and caring for trees we’ve added in the past this fall and we’ll hold a Garden retreat in March to continue the work. Details are here

Over the next 77 weeks we’ll continue to transform the grounds, more posts are coming.

Together, we’ve raised over $8,000! If you’d like to donate to the project please use this form

77 Trees

A project to enhance and cultivate the woodlands around the Columbarium and the path to the new Zendo.

As part of managing the aging Alder forest we will transform the woods with selective logging and the planting of fruit and nut trees and shrubs.

Lots of details on the 77Trees page. Lots of ways to support the effort.


Zen monk and noted author Tom Yūhō Kirchner will speak on: “Zen and Christianity: What Can the Christian Tradition Offer Zen?”

Same talk, two dates:

Friday Evening, November 18, 7:00- 8:30 pm

Nalanda West  3902 Woodland Park Ave N., Seattle


Sunday Afternoon, November 20 , 1- 2:30 pm

Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery

6499 Wahl Rd., Freeland, WA (Whidbey Island)

An associate researcher at the International Research Institute for Zen Studies at Hanazono University in Kyoto, Tom Kirchner has participated in a number of gatherings of the East-West Spiritual Exchange program founded by Mumon Roshi many years ago, and has remained an ongoing participant in East-West dialogue ever since. Tom currently lives in Tenryūji Zen Temple in western Kyōto, and appears as part of One Drop Zendo’s “Wisdom Lecture Series: 2016.” This will be the last lecture of the season.