About Leaf of Grass

Leaf of Grass began as me sitting by myself in Lowertown, St. Paul and has morphed into a very humble offering of zazen practice. What we do is practice ‘just sitting’ following Dogen Zenji’s teaching of shikantaza. Please see the calendar page for upcoming days of sitting. We follow the sesshin schedule at Sanshinji.

When I chose the name Leaf of Grass I was inspired by the two writings below. My aspiration is to put into practice as best I can the teachings of Shohaku Okumura and his teacher Kosho Uchiyama. In Uchiyama Roshi’s last public talk he enumerated seven points of practice. The seventh was “Cooperate with one another and aim to create a place where sincere practitioners can practice without trouble.” Zazen doesn’t depend on having a beautiful zendo or any other accoutrements. All that’s required is a quiet, safe space where people can sit together.

When the World-Honored One was walking with his assembly, he pointed to the ground with his hand and said, “This place is good for building a temple.” Hearing this, the god Indra took a stalk of grass and stuck it in the ground and said, “The temple has been built.” At this, the World-Honored One smiled. (Book of Serenity case 4)

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars.
(Walt Whitman)

Leaf of Grass sittings are hosted by Doan Brian Roessler, a disciple of Shohaku Okumura Roshi.

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