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How To Cook Your Life

January 10, 2017

Dear Beloved Friends and Students,

This morning around seven o'clock clouds brilliantly on fire, reds and oranges, with pinks and lavenders reflected in the waters below. A few moments of awesomeness. Before the sun rises further well-started on its course across the sky.

I am writing to invite your possible participation in a ceremony for Inauguration Day, a ceremony to invoke Principles and Alignment into the Day.

As I say in my introduction to the ceremony: Where our attention goes, energy flows. So let us give careful thought to where we place our attention—and possibly choose to place it on the highest principles and values of our country.

Ceremony can help us do this.

Please read through the ceremony (you can find it here). and see what you think. Know that you are welcome to amend it as you wish. I have, for instance, created a Buddhist-flavored ceremony, but if you are not a Buddhist, you are invited to use those parts that speak to you. For example, lighting a candle and possibly offering incense or flowers, then speaking the words of the ceremony that you can stand behind. Bowing, chanting, or singing, as you are moved to undertake, often help to create Sacred Space.

And let’s inspire one another to march, speak, pray, sing as we go forward together, leading and following.

Love and Blessings,

Edward Jusan Kainei

March 2016

The spring 2016 issue of Buddhadharma includes a new article by Edward, "Touching What's Inside." You can read it here.

September 2014

Edward's article, "Being Shaken," from the Fall 2014 issue of Buddhadharma, is available here.

January 2014

Edward's new book, By All Means: a Zen Cautionary Tale, is now available from Missing Links Press.  From the publisher's flyer:

Edward Espe Brown, chef and author of the beloved Tassajara Bread Book, along with Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, has cooked up the tale of a surprising critter, whose deep intimacy with a Zen priest's inner life may strike your fancy.  Margot Koch provides drawings illuminating all the action.

To order, send a check for $20 plus $6 shipping/handling (California residents please add $1.80 sales tax) to Edward Espe Brown, 75 Sequoia Road, Fairfax, CA 94930.  Please include a note that it is for the book.  Alternatively, you may pay using the PayPal button on the Audio Dharma page.

August 2013

Edward's article, "Rules to Live By," from the Fall 2013 issue of Buddhadharma, is available here.


 Edward tasting cabbage salad

The truth is you're already a cook.
Nobody teaches you anything,
but you can be touched, you can be awakened.
Put down the book and start asking,
"What have we here?"

Though recipes abound, for soups and salads,
breads and entrées, for getting enlightened
and perfecting the moment, still
the unique flavor of Reality
appears in each breath, each bite,
each step, unbounded and undirected.

Each thing just as it is,
What do you make of it?

                 Edward Espe Brown